Rachel McAdams stars in arguably one of the most controversial films of the Toronto Film Festival.
‘To the Wonder’ is Terrence Malick’s new film. His last film, ‘Tree of Life’ was quite possibly the MOST ANNOYING movie I’ve ever seen (I actually had to turn it off), so I can understand why people would be frustrated with his new movie.
Tepid applause followed the screening at the Princess of Wales theatre, a contrast to enthusiastic clapping that follows a great many screenings at this festival. Some filmgoers could be heard exhaling exasperatedly when an apparent ending proved to be false, while others scratched their heads as they spilled out of the theater.
“It was…artistic?” one festivalgoer said. “Too artistic,” sneered a second. “Yeah, you’re right,” the first responded.
The movie, which stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko andRachel McAdams, follows a stoic all-American man named Neil (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a beautiful Parisienne single mother named Marina (Kurylenko) while traveling in France, moving her to his Oklahoma small town, where they have a tempestuous romance.
Neil also has yearnings for a hometown sweetheart with whom he has had an on-again-off-again relationship (McAdams). (The story is believed to be inspired in part by Malick’s own life.) Javier Bardem co-stars as a priest seeking spiritual fulfillment in a church in the same Oklahoma town, exploring some of the spiritual questions Malick investigated in “The Tree of Life.”
There is very little dialogue in “To the Wonder”; Malick tells his story with images and music. (A confession of infidelity, for instance, contains only a voice-overed ”Forgive me” and an aggressive action in reply.) Kurylenko, gamely taking the stage with McAdams after the screening in lieu of the absent Malick, said that there were a lot of dialogue-heavy scenes that didn’t make the final cut—hours of them, in fact.
Rachel Weisz was actually in the film as well, until every single scene including her was cut from the movie. “[I]t seems that my part has been cut,” Weisz was quoted as saying, “so I had the experience of working with him but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work.”
I’ve heard that while Ben Affleck is in the movie, he’s actually only in a couple scenes, with less than 10 lines in the whole movie.
I really doubt I’m going to put myself through the torture of seeing this movie. I’m not interested in being incredibly frustrated for 2+ hours.
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