It’s nice to see Terrence Malick tackle a nice, straightforward romantic comedy:
Look: I recognize that Malick is not everybody’s taste. I get that! But personally, I cannot wait to see this thing. It looks so gorgeous, so luminous, so…Malick-y. The world rarely looks quite so beautiful as it does through Malick’s lens.
And we’re getting our second Malick film in as many years. TWO Malick movies! In back-to-back years! And he has a few other movies already in the pipeline! Between 1973 and 2005, Malick made just four films. This alone is cause for celebration.
Bewildering genius Terrence Malick has a habit of redefining his movies during the editing. “The Thin Red Line,” for example, was supposed to star Adrien Brody, only his role was significantly slimmed down after the fact. Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, Bill Pullman and Viggo Mortensen are among the actors who were also reportedly cut.
His next film, “To The Wonder,” stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. It was also supposed to feature Rachel Weisz, but that’s no longer happening, because her part was apparently cut — along with those of Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet and Barry Pepper. Her role was recast, with the dinosaur from “The Tree of Life” taking her place. (I kid, it was just her scenes being cut. I just had to mention the dinosaur.)
Here is your first look at “The Tree of Life,” written and directed by reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick. I saw the trailer before “127 Hours” “Black Swan,” and it looks pretty beautiful on the big screen, like a painting transposed onto film. It stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It will be Malick’s third film since “Days of Heaven” was released in 1978: “The Thin Red Line” in 1998, “The New World” in 2005 and now this in 2011. If I gave you a list of some directors not named Terrence Malick who have made more than three films in the last 30 years, it would just depress you, so just go watch the beauty. [Apple]