I'm not gonna go into the actual plot of the film itself and its intricate nature; ill let you Experience the journey yourself, but I will say, if you're a Malick fan, you will appreciate it more. Unfolding in pure stream of consciousnesses form, I was left entranced by what I was seeing on screen. Jarring, hypnotic, sexy. These people are all but familiar, you feel with them throughout their human experience, love, greed, betrayal, self pity. and their search for "Meaning", and i put meaning in quotations for a reason. It pulsates with authenticity. As I walked out of the <more>
theater the film was washed over me, I became more in tune to the images and sounds of my reality. Reveling in the power of the now. Malicks unique film language and the way he crafts the interconnectedness of time is so refreshing and interesting. Thank you Terrence Malick.
So........... Here is my history with Malick love all his movies... however after Tree of Life I felt he started to go down a path I really was not connecting with anymore.....To the Wonder was just OK ... Knight of Cups a tad better in my opinion .. but for some reason I absolutely loved this movie... the dream like feeling really worked for me because of all the different stories going on at once. Rooney Mara I feel was the main character and her flash backs made sense and I felt like it was how I would think about a past love interest.... where as other films before this that Terrence <more>
Malick made did not connect in that manner.... I kind of feel To the Wonder and Knights of cups were test for this newer style of film making and it was all set up to deliver this movie ... I know some of you may think differently and it looks like half the critics do but this movie really hit home with me and I think it was an absolute home run .... I may have edited out a few nature shots here and there but the acting was top notch... Some people may believe that a traditional film would have worked better for the material but the way it bounces around and flashes really makes sense here.... Some people say Malick is going downhill when I think he was just testing the two previous movies out to make this one... Simply Amazing 10/10 may top Tree of life and Days of Heaven.... IMO
This movie is just epic. In total i have only seen four Malick films, but this one is by far the best one.The cinematography doesn't reach the epic level of 'Tree of life', but it's near. All of the actors and their characters are interesting and mesmerizing, the music is spot on and the script and voice overs are really good. The story grabs you and it doesn't let you go.I loved everything that this movie had to offer, and if you decide to watch it, i really hope you enjoy it too.
It is a nostalgic and emotional experience (by cvetkovski_ikee)
It is so beautifully thought film, that it almost seems like an improvisation. Very deep, captivating and honest film leading me to the only question while i was watching it: How old is Malick? I mean, inside? He may be 70 years old, but his films speak about universal feelings. "Song to song" is not a conventional film with a conventional story. It's more of a sad and confessional experience, more of a feeling, an emotion long kept inside, finally made into a form of art. It's a film about the characters and their constant battle with themselves. The things we don't <more>
see, the hell that goes through one's mind, when one is suffering. They are struggling to get better, but it's so sad because we know they won't. They can't get out. It's about the spiritual journey of the characters and not so much about the story. It only goes where the character goes emotionally. Malick doesn't care about the world around the characters or the society. The only worlds "well build" in the film are the character's worlds. That's why the V.O doesn't seem like a technical intervention. It is the core of this beautiful, nostalgic and emotional poem to the ones who are "destined" to suffer. Maybe we don't see all of this, cause this is not a modern film and our society doesn't deal with emotions anymore. But i don't thing Malick cares for any of this. He literally makes a film for himself, to try to free himself from his feelings and put it into something useful and creative.The point is, it's not a film to be liked or disliked, cause we, the people can't wait to judge something, and not to try to understand it first. You may just not connect to it. That's it. It's not a memorable film and it won't be, cause after people saw "The tree of life", now they get bored with his concept of filmmaking, seeing all of his films like a sequel to it. I found it as more of a pattern that he found to be able to express himself constantly, by really focusing on his emotions and very honestly and artistically opening his soul to the audience to see it. And why not and judge it. 9/10
Examines our disconnection from the sacred (by howard.schumann)
Observing, feeling, thinking, day dreaming, or simply throwing up your hands in exasperation. You may be engaged in all or none of the above when watching Terence Malick's "Knight of Cups" Song to Song, a dreamlike exploration of love and betrayal. Whatever does come up for you, however, and whether or not you have any idea where the film is going, the ride is never less than fascinating. Malick's films will never be to everyone's liking, yet like other directors whose work shattered boundaries and were not fully appreciated until after their death, the totality of his <more>
work may take time to fully assess.Similar to Malick's recent films "To the Wonder" and "Knight of Cups," Song to Song is a film of mood, memories, and impressions that examines our disconnection from the sacred in our quest for sex, power, and money. Set in Malick's old stomping grounds of Austin, Texas, the film opens as budding musicians, singer Faye Rooney Mara, "Lion" and songwriter BV Ryan Gosling, "La La Land" meet at a party thrown by high-living record producer Cook Michael Fassbender, "The Light Between Oceans" , a man of considerable power in the industry who they look to for a foothold.Faye and BV begin a relationship that is playfully erotic, and, in typical Malickian fashion, replete with voice-overs, whispering, introspection, and philosophizing. "I was desperate to feel something real. I wanted to be free the way he was," Faye says and "Any experience was better than no experience," a dubious proposition at best. BV teases her with such pronouncements as "Just tell me a complete lie. You can say anything you want to me. That's the fun about me." Seeking something "real," she shows houses for a living - suburban homes and high rise apartments in Austin that become the background set for her romantic trysts.Since Faye admits that she feels nothing and is open to various kinds of pleasures, she becomes involved with both BV and Cook, a reality that takes BV a long time to discover as well as taking part, albeit halfheartedly, in a Lesbian affair with French artist Zoey Bérénice Marlohe, "Skyfall" . When he learns about Faye's "betrayal", he fends off his ex-wife Lykke's Lykke Li overtures and hooks up with the older Amanda Cate Blanchett , who may remind him of his overbearing mother Judy Linda Emond, "Indignation" .Cook meets and eventually marries Rhonda Natalie Portman, "Jackie" a waitress in a local coffee shop, but it doesn't turn out well as Cook turns to prostitutes to maintain his freedom from the captivity of marriage. The film meanders from theme to theme and song to song in which Malick embraces the music scene in Austin in an eclectic soundtrack. Featured are the music of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley as well as classical composers Maurice Ravel, Gustav Mahler, and Arvo Part. While the characters realize that their lives have been inauthentic, there is still little joy.Malick depicts relationships in terms of fleeting moments that constantly move in and out of our consciousness, never quite tangible enough to grasp or provide satisfaction. Continually seeking their heart's desire, the characters only slowly realize the emptiness of the promise. Underneath their search for connection, there is a spiritual longing that can be sensed but not understood. One character says that something is out there that is trying to find us, but the "something" remains obscure. While passion does exist in Malick's visions of nature captured by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki "Birdman" , and the film exudes grace in the Leonardo drawing of the Virgin Mary and the painting of the Madonna on a building wall, Song to Song brings us close to the edges of spirituality without fully trusting us to come to grips with something larger than ourselves.
What a cinematic experience. If you know me well, you know I love Terrence Malick's work. It wasn't always that way, I had to revisit some of his work to really appreciate what he brings to cinema. Song to Song may have been the film I was most hyped for in 2017, seeing as my favorite actor and actress Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara were finally working together and teaming up with a visionary like Malick. I know this film will divide and polarize viewers but I think if you love cinema and Malick's style especially his last few films you will enjoy this work.The film is mostly <more>
about a couple of musicians who fall for each other and their captivating connection. Betrayal, infidelity, and other humanly circumstances get in the way of their relationship but then they eventually drift apart and find their way to each other. First off, this film has an excellent cast. The four of the top billed cast are immensely talented and this film has a number of satisfying musical cameos. Just like with Tree of Life and Knight of Cups the film uses camera-work that is shifty, montage-like, personal, and with quick cuts. There is use of fish-eye lens, first person, behind the head shots, you name it. The cinematography at times is absolutely gorgeous; the film is as close to visual art as you can get. And this is no surprise because its quintessential Malick.Narrative structure of the film is coherent despite the cutting and style of storytelling. Its not at ll hard to follow and I was engaged from the get go, it comes down to personal taste. I can imagine a casual moviegoer to get frustrated with the structure and lack of straightforward progression. I found the intricacies of the interactions between the characters so fascinating and thought there was real compatibility between the cast members. I love Rooney Mara so much and her beauty was so crisp in every scene she was in. The characters in this film experience a range of human emotions throughout and its a wonder to behold.Many may find the film to be pretentious in its attempt to be profound. I was perfectly fine with the inner monologues of the characters, much like with Malick's recent films. I still think Tree of Life is his best masterpiece but this film is probably the next of his filmography that I feel a strong connection with. I am glad I experienced this film as soon as possible and wish it would get the Criterion treatment much like some of Malick's other work.9/10
In philosophy both Parmenides and Heraclitus saw lightness as the positive side of the lightness-weight dichotomy. Later, the writer Italo Calvino took the same position. But it was Milan Kundera who stated it as a dilemma framed in Nietzsche's concept of the eternal return: a heavy burden can crush us, but the heavier the burden, the more real and truthful our lives become. Malick clearly takes on the latter position in this movie, which was originally more aptly titled Weightless. This theme is also connected to Heidegger's Man being called back in self-awareness and fulfillment by <more>
answering introspective questions about his existence.Song to song is an exploration of love and ambition set against the Austin music scene. Especially around the theme of love the movie makes interesting observations: That true love is only possible by isolating yourself from the fake world of music and money here , that walls are built around you inhibiting you from finding real love. Another observation is that early in life you love everyone, but ultimately your awareness, society, and religion lets you end up with one true love, unable to love others any more.The notion Malick makes about love is the romantic character of love itself, romantic not in the sense we nowadays attach to it, but the original meaning as an unattainable ideal, combined with adoration of nature and emphasis on the individual and its intense emotions, the latter creating beauty and experience. Romanticism was mainly a reaction to industrialization and urban sprawl: All Malick movies have shots of urban landscapes and nature scenes; they look for beauty in that nature and have a preference for searching for intuition instead of filming fixed storyboards.The story however develops in a non-romantic direction: Where in the quintessential novel of the romantic or more precisely Sturm und Drang movement the main male character shoots himself after being rejected by the woman he loves Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werthers , Malick replaces that hopelessness with a man who commits adultery, has regrets and is punished and tested by the woman he loves who commits far more and extremer adulterous acts.Malick uses again a naturalistic style of filming, adding unscripted moments that occur during the movie shoot. Some footage is shot at the Austin City Limits festival and short interviews with John Lydon and Iggy Pop are included. The state of Texas features prominently: a key scene is before a Texaco gas station for example, but overall it is the unusual, non-clichéd beauty of both nature and the built-up Texan landscape that is well captured by Lubezki's camera, making effective use of wide camera angles. It also feels less slow and has more snappy cuts than Knight of Cups, which will be a relief for many I guess. The editing by a team of 8 ! editors is however inconsistent and one of the weaknesses of the movie.Two actresses in the movie have in my opinion the capability to give this an extra level, to give it real character depth acting on multiple levels in order to convey the emotions Malick's movies are oddly enough often lacking despite aiming for them: Portman and Blanchett. They are so underused and reduced to cardboard characters that it can almost be called a shame.What struck me also about this movie is how conservative and deeply religious Malick's world view is: He clearly roots for Patti Smith's love story she tells in the movie for example, and sees the other musicians and portrays them as lost souls. In Song to song the woman repents, but the man only regrets. I see a parallel here with Tarkovsky's movies, which show the same religious, conservative world view. It brings up an odd observation: These two movie geniuses shatter the notion that true art can nowadays only be made by free souls, their art more in line with church-supported art like it used to be Note: See The Tree of Life explanation by Bishop Barron .Von Trier once remarked that he in effect makes the same movie over and over again, and Malick has come to that same point now. He has perfected his storytelling skills, hides the movie in the images and by editing, uses time and space shifting, sees salvation in nature the element of water is effectively used here , adds autobiographical elements music, adultery, suicide, father-son relation, ambition , so Radegund can hopefully be the creative destruction many now hope for.
Terrence Malick is back on track (by Red_Identity)
I'm not someone who thought there was nothing of worth in To The Wonder or Knight of Cups. However, they did seem to be treading a lot of unoriginal waters. Considering the reviews for Song to Song I also expected it to be around the same quality, but to my surprise I've finally seen Malick's true talent blossom again. I think this film is unique in his filmography up until this point. It tells a coherent story of intersecting characters' lives in its usual Malick way. I definitely think this is underrated and I hope people start to be more favorable towards it.
An engaging examination of the spiritual turmoil of wealthy music professionals: a movie that captures the beauty of fleeting moments as well as any Terrence Malick production (by tapio_hietamaki)
People are saying that Terrence Malick is losing touch, a great auteur is going down and he's run out of things to say. Of course there are also those who don't see anything worthwhile in any of Malick's work and don't understand the praise he's getting from film critics, citing his films as an example of pretentiousness.Personally I thought 'Song to Song' was actually an improvement over 'To the Wonder', probably because the latter dealt with issues of marriage and living abroad, themes that didn't resonate with my experiences like the themes of <more>
'Song to Song' did. Malick's films are very consistent, he has his signature style that he utilizes to great effect in all of his films and putting one over the other is really just personal preference. The universe-embracing end-all, be-all epic 'The Tree of Life' is a turn-off for people looking for something subdued and intimate, while the quiet contemplation of 'Days of Heaven' will seem boring to some.'Song to Song' examines the modern musical business, the life of successful music producers, musicians and the people who are drawn to that success, wealth and power. The movie has footage from real live shows and many stars like Iggy Pop and Patti Smith appear as themselves, engaging in intimate discussions with the characters of the movie.The theme of the movie is Christian, like with all of Malick's films. He takes a look at the spiritual turmoil residing in the modern man, looking for an inner peace and trying to achieve something worthwhile, never finding it due to the absence of God. These religious themes are not as overt as in some of his movies, so it's still a good watch for people who aren't religious.