Knight of Cups is out in the world, no doubt confounding most audiences, but those who can sync with Malick’s vision are really responding well as you’ll see from a couple rapturous reviews below.
– First up is a new featurette with behind the scenes footage and interviews.
– Next up is a detailed write up of an actor who had no idea what he was getting into. It’s a really fun read and well worth checking out.
“We’re all standing there and Malick hands out these pieces of paper to all of us,” Lennon said. “And the one he gave me said, ‘There’s no such thing as a fireproof wall.’ And I ask, ‘Is this something I’m supposed to say in the scene?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know.’”
– Now two reviews, both of which couldn’t be more positive. The New Yorker review is deep and dense while SFGate doesn’t think many films will be able to match it this year. Bare in mind the film only has an overall score of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, so again, this is a film made for the few, not the many.
Here is an excerpt from each review.
These images, brilliant and radiant with a love of light, rapturous with a love of motion, bring to the cinema a big and great idea: the overcoming of the distinction between subject and object, between recording and imagination.
Terrence Malick is inventing a new kind of cinema, one that calls for new language to describe it. This is a cinema of ecstasy, of the spirit, of witnessing the beauty in all things. As a story, his new film, “Knight of Cups,” is instantly forgettable, and that’s assuming you can find a story to follow. But the experience of the film is about something else, about creating a feeling of transcendence and joy through visual means. It’s remarkable.