Flash Movie Review: To the Wonder

It takes a lot of work to make a long distance relationship successful. Communication is so important, I have found, in keeping that connection solid when the two individuals are apart. One of the pitfalls of a long distance relationship is when the two of you are together, it tends to feel like a vacation. Cramming in favorite restaurants and sights becomes the norm, bypassing the reality of daily life. Another thing to consider, if the final goal is to start a life together in the same place, is what location becomes home base. A sure sign of maturity with your decision is when “yours” and “mine” becomes “ours.” In this dramatic romance directed by Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Day’s of Heaven), we witness the shock waves of a couple’s love when the romance and reality of their relationship come together. Ben Affleck (Argo, The Town) played Neil, an American who fell in love with a woman he met while traveling through Europe. Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Hitman) was Marina, the European woman smitten with Neil. After a whirlwind romance Neil brought Marina back to the states, to settle with him down in Oklahoma. Told with very little dialog, I felt I was just watching a series of random scenes on the movie screen. I can appreciate the artistic value in making a film such as this, where the viewer is being told the story via visuals. However, after 15-20 minutes I started losing interest in the story. As the movie dragged on I felt I was in one of those market research groups watching a series of beautiful television commercials and I was supposed to rate them. As for co-stars Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris, The Vow) as Jane and Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country For Old Men) as Father Quintana, they were wasted in this laborious movie. I strongly disliked Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life; however, if you enjoyed that film, you probably would like this one. Consider this a lighter version with less unconnected scenes of outer space and nature. I have to tell you, it was easier for me to handle the times of separation in my long distance relationship than sitting through this movie.

1 3/4 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 22, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Will you see Oblivion ? I’d love to hear your opinions of it.

    • I will not be seeing Oblivion. Tom Cruise is one of 2 actors my family and I will not see or spend any money on.

      • may I inquire why, and who is the other.

      • The other actor is Mel Gibson. Due to his prejudiced views and hateful comments, along with his Father’s ignorant comments. The reason we don’t view Tom is ever since he made the ridiculous comments about Brooke Shields and antidepressants, claiming he knows more than doctors. My brother worked with her and she was and still is a lovely grounded woman.

      • that’s one thing for sure, the inside of an actor and the outside don’t always match.

  2. LOL! This is my favorite movie of the year do far. Loved it. But then again I also loved The Tree of Life.

  3. This director is just irritating!!!

  4. I find Terrence Malik is a bit like Marmite. You either love him or you hate him. I find I can appreciate what he is trying to do but it always comes across like an over-thought, manipulative pile of wank.

  5. I liked Tree of Life. There was much after-movie discussion, which is my favorite part of any movie!

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