'To the Wonder' Is Spinning in Place

Terrence Malick's gorgeous, ridiculous obsession

The jaw and a farm: What more could a girl want?
The jaw and a farm: What more could a girl want?

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To the Wonder was written and directed by Terrence Malick; and stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko. Rated R.

Malick is working faster these days. As Ryan Gosling, appearing in a forthcoming Malick joint, recently told The Playlist, the director is "cutting, like, five movies right now." Will working faster loosen Malick up, freeing him to make more mistakes and, possibly, some glorious messes? With To the Wonder, he may be aimlessly dancing around old stereotypes. But he's dancing as fast as he can, and the strain means something. He hasn't made a great movie. At least he's made a human one.

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