Summary: Terrence Malick gets swept up in a bad love affair in picturesque Oklahoma and Magnolia does more than well by the visual and auditory splendor of the director's strangely ferocious sixth feature.
Conclusion: Terrence Malick's 'To the Wonder' is a cinematic tone poem consumed with passion and despair. Through beautiful images and stirring music, the film mediates on the wonders and sorrows of love. Despite some minor artifacts, the video transfer is simply breathtaking, and the audio mix is exceptional.
Conclusion: Many quickly pegged To the Wonder as a "lesser" Terrence Malick film, but there's nearly as much here bubbling beneath the surface as there was in The Tree of Life . The nature of love, the love of nature, the silence of God and the beauty of compassion— To the Wonder is alive with meaning and...
Conclusion: Director Terrence Malick's latest film isn't easy to like. It is a very bold project that can quickly frustrate those who are used to conventional storytelling. I personally think that it does not have the same aura The Tree of Life does, but then the idea behind it is clearly very deterrent.
Excerpt: Watching a Terrence Malick movie means being reminded that we live in nature, among the trees and other animals, with the heavens as a canopy. This should be a given, but it’s something people take entirely for granted—both in the movies and in everyday life.
Summary: Terrence Malick continues to take bold risks, courting ridicule and rapture in equal measure, with "To the Wonder," his first full-on treatment of that oldest of movie subjects, romantic love.