Posted by: ckckred | March 13, 2013

What Do You Think of Terrence Malick?

Terrence Malick

I’m really looking forward to see Terrence Malick’s newest film To The Wonder, which comes out next month.  I was a huge fan of The Tree of Life, which I chose as the best movie of 2011, plus I also love Badlands and Days of Heaven.  But Malick is a pretty decisive director.  Most people were probably introduced to him by The Tree of Life, which is very much a love-hate film.  So today, I though I would ask my weekly question a little earlier.  What do you think of Terrence Malick?  Are you a fan or do you not enjoy his work?




  1. Love ’em. The Tree of Life, The New World, great stuff. To The Wonder has a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes which scares the hell out of me.

    • I didn’t see the RT score before, though that’s based on early reviews. Malick is a great director and I don’t think I’ve seen a film by him I’ve disliked. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I am a fan. I know he has a distinct style that doesn’t set well with some but I love it most of his work.

    • His style is off-putting for some but I do love the uniqueness of it. Malick is a great director. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I’ve only seen Days of Heaven so far but I loved it. It was unlike any film I have ever seen and I can’t wait to see more of his stuff, especially Badlands which looks amazing. I hope To the Wonder is good, though from what I hear it isn’t…. but someone raised the point that a “bad” Malick film is still better than what you get from most people so that made me feel a bit better. I will be seeing it no matter what.

    • Days of Heaven’s a great one. Badlands is great as well and it has a Bonnie and Clyde feel to it. I don’t believe Malick has made a bad film though I know some would disagree with that statement. I recommend seeing TTOL, that’s Malick’s best film in my opinion. Thanks for commenting.

  4. He’s a very talented guy that has a knack for catching beauty in it’s finest form, but his stories aren’t as developed as they should be. Tree of Life was by far his best story to-date and I wonder what the heck To The Wonder will honestly be like.

    • I can see the point about his stories which sometimes hurt his films. TTOL is probably his most refined and I think it’s his best. Seeing Malick it’s hard to wonder what To The Wonder would be like (no pun intended). Thanks for commenting.

  5. I’ve only seen The Tree of Life, which I did enjoy… So really looking forward to his upcoming film! 🙂

    • Oh, you’ve got to see his other films. Malick’s a great director.

  6. He’s pretty awesome. Divisive though. Audiences usually dont want to think that much!

    • Malick is a great director and I feel a lot of audiences don’t like his films because they aren’t narratively driven. Thanks for commenting.

  7. I only have 3 words: Malick is God!

    • All hail Malick!

  8. Love-hate is the way to describe The Tree of Life. I was not particularly thrilled with that one, but later on I saw Badlands and thought it was amazing. I do tend to fall in the trap of preferring things that are narrative-driven, but I feel like my tastes have broadened somewhat in the last year. Perhaps on a re-watch I’d love TTOL.

    • Badlands is probably Malick’s most accessible film, along with Days of Heaven. Try giving The Tree of Life another watch, I liked it more after a second viewing. Thanks for commenting.

  9. I absolutely love Malick’s stuff. The tree of Life was outstanding but my personal favourite is The Thin Red Line. I actually include that in my personal top ten. I think it’s a work of genius.

    • I actually haven’t seen The Thin Red Line. That and The New World are the only movies by him I haven’t seen. I’ll try to watch it soon.

      Malick really is a genius. I think he’s a fantastic director.

  10. I really like the Malick films that I’ve seen, New World probably being his best. He has a great eye for visuals and he always touches on his themes in just the right way.

    • I haven’t seen The New World (that and The Thin Red Line are the only films by him I haven’t watched), but I agree Malick always manages to add distinct themes to his pictures. Thanks for commenting.

  11. I’m an insanely huge fan, I think he is truly one of the greats. The Tree of Life was my favourite film of that year and is in my top 5 of all time (the only colour film on that list). I have seen all of his films, except one, and I think that they are all ‘5 star’ films in my view.

    That said, his style and approach to telling a story on film are definitely divisive and I could totally respect someone not being into it.

    • I am as well. The Tree of Life was my favorite film of last year and it would be in my top 30. His style isn’t for everyone but I think he’s a great director. Thanks for commenting.

  12. I think he is a genius and we should all lay ourselves prostrate before his glory. The Thin Red Line would be my favorite of his films.

    • I really need to see The Thin Red Line…

      He is an amazing director. One of the best working today.

      • I am a bit envious that you get to experience it for the first time.

  13. I do NOT enjoy Terrence Malick’s work personally. his mixture of drawn out characters and focus on the visuals together just doesn’t work for me. I can appreciate the beauty of his art, but only so much. I never really paid much attention to it, but Tree of Life pushed me over the edge. what a bore and a mess of a film (for me). I now have no interest in To The Wonder, but I do like the latest poster.

    • It is painfully evident that I am in the minority among the great company of commenters here! ha. Bring on the discussion! 🙂

      • Haha. I think it is interesting actually, because very few people would argue against your criticisms. He does have drawn out characters (or very shallow ones you could argue) and a focus on the visuals.But whilst you can’t stand that, I love both of those aspects and they are things that help him be close to my favourite filmmaker of all time.

      • Normally I am okay with and appreciate great visuals, of course. but when they tend to not have much to do with the overall story (and, again, I’m going to point at Tree of Life here) it tends to bore me. ha. I just can’t get into Malick’s existentialist way of telling his stories. and it’s sad to me…cuz we have the same first name, spelled correctly too…which is rare! 🙂

      • It’s okay if you don’t like Malick. His style isn’t for everyone. I recommend seeing either Badlands or Days of Heaven, which are two of his most accessible films, the former being probably his most linear. Thanks for commenting.

  14. I really admire him, I think he’s a terrific filmmaker. Having said that, I don’t like any of his films haha.

    I’m looking forward to Knight of Cups and his Untitled movie (mainly for the cast though).

    • Haha!

      I’m really looking forward to seeing To The Wonder this April. Thanks for commenting.

  15. Hi, just came across your blog while searching for film blogs (I’ve just started my own recently). I agree that Malick is an outstanding filmmaker, and if I find myself drawn to his images, I am sometimes gently put off by his way with filming dialogue. But either way, he’s an original and his films are fascinatingly different from other American filmmakers, probably the closest equivalent to poetry that I’ve seen on film. My favourite of his films (and one of my top 5 favourite films ever) is definitely The Thin Red Line; I just think he really nailed that one perfectly, so if you haven’t seen it definitely check it out.

    • I can definitely see the poetry comparison. Looks like I’ll have to check out The Thin Red Line. Thanks for stopping by.

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