But what matters more than silly awards, is the emotions cinema is able to create and give to our tiny minds and like his fellow great auteurs, a new Terrence Malick picture is an event. A supposed early 'secret' screening of the film describes The Tree of Life as 'hypnotic', it's visuals as 'jawdropping' and even compares it to elements of Kubrick's seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey. So yes, I can hold on a while longer if this is what awaits us but hype is a strange beast and except in marketing, usually a dangerous mindset. I personally tend to avoid trailers and early reviews for films I'm heavily anticipating, such as the already much written aboutBlack Swan directed by the excellent Darren Aronofsky, as one usually finds the less baggage one takes into a virginal artistic experience, the more honest an appraisal can be formed . Therefore, to prevent overexcitement, perhaps I should take my own advice and avoid following this baby so closely.
Four films in thirty two years is not going to win Malick any Woody Allen or Fassbinder prizes for prolific operating but hey it's quality not quantity and all that. Today I would rank his filmography as:
The connection these four films share are their visual splendour, rural settings, the theme of Man's relationship with nature and a structure and atmosphere recalling the classic American novels of the early twentieth century. As I have experienced, second (and more) viewings are essential with Malick's pictures, as they further enhanced my appreciation for the technical ability, subtext and the overiding cerebral pleasures, which few artists are capable of touching.
Coming Up: As stated in the previous autuer-themed post, Malick is planning to pick up the pace a little with a new feature in pre-production, a romantic drama starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, and a Jerry Lee Lewis biopic is also rumoured - steady on sir!
Do you have a favourite Terrence Malick film or moment?
Any views on the subject of hype?