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To The Wonder

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  To The Wonder Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
5.21 /10
Ben Affleck , Javier Bardem , Olga Kurylenko
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Directed by: Terrence Malick
Written by: Terrence Malick

Released: 2012
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 112

Not wonderful.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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It’s a wonder that To The Wonder ever found a release. Terrence Malick’s long, lugubrious film is a prolonged exercise in directorial self-pleasuring.

Such story as it has concerns a blank-faced American (Ben Affleck, pictured left, reverting to useless lumpishness) bringing a lively, beautiful French girl (Olga Kurylenko) back to live with him in Oklahoma, where unsurprisingly she succumbs to boredom and discontent.

Their Catholic priest (Javier Bardem) trudges around like a morose bloodhound, looking in despair, as though longing for someone, anyone to toss him a morsel of intelligent dialogue. He seems to be struggles with something; it could be a crisis of faith, but it might equally well be haemorrhoids.

The French girl goes home, possibly to try for better luck with Jean Luc Godard, and Affleck embarks on an affair with a childhood sweetheart (Rachel MacAdams, pictured right) before that too founders on the rock of his frozen-faced inertia.

There’s more to come after that, but nothing of any interest, and my advice would be to bale out before the end and do something more culturally rewarding, such as stare at your ceiling for a couple of hours.

I’m sure this film is meant to feature universal characters and reflects years of deep thought and spiritual awakening; all I can say is that it reflects and conveys none of these things. After this and The Tree of Life, there can be no doubt that the once fashionable Malick has turned into the world’s most insufferable bore.

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