Must Watch: First Mesmerizing Trailer for Malick's 'To the Wonder'

December 19, 2012
Source: The Film Stage

To the Wonder Trailer

"Love is not only a feeling." Magnolia has debuted the first mesmerizing trailer for Terrence Malick's new film (one of them, at least) titled To the Wonder. This is the one that stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, as well as Olga Kurylenko. It's about a vast love affair, set mostly in Oklahoma and a bit in France, with Affleck as the man in the middle. This trailer is as bleak and abstract as the film itself. Some of the voiceover is from Javier Bardem, playing the local priest, who really has no importance other than to say these lines. It's not as good as this trailer looks, but dang does Malick shoot beautiful films. View below!

Watch the first trailer for Terrence Malick's new film To the Wonder, found by The Film Stage:

Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko star in this new film from Terrence Malick, about a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage to a European woman falls apart. After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane. To the Wonder is directed by reclusive iconic filmmaker Terrence Malick, of Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World and The Tree of Life. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and will finally be released by Magnolia Pictures on April 12th, 2013. Curious now?

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  • Matthew
    Malick is such an infuriating director. I enjoy my films as much as the next person, but it pains me to watch his because I have ti dissect and struggle with every frame to see if there is some deeper meaning or hoopla to only have it end and truly feel like I got nothing out of it expect for some very appealing shots. I understand he is a bit of a recluse, if only he would comment and come in the public eye and shed some light on his visions for no0bs such as myself >.<
    • Danimal
      I couldn't agree more. I feel like he tries to make his stories so deep that only he himself can actually follow them. The only thing I get from his films are that he knows how frame a beautiful shot, and man are his shots beautiful.
      • BloodwerK
        Critics eat that shit up. They think it makes them smarter than the rest of us...
    • I enjoy the pretty pictures. Jesus just try and enjoy the movie, don't take it so god damn seriously.
      • Matthew
        I enjoy his films and pretty pictures. Thin Red Line is my fav of his but like I said which Jesus you can't understand is that his films are simply and beautiful there is a message in there that I cannot understand. I can accept pocorn B movie flicks w/o any problem but he is going for a stellar A+ and I get can't get what's going on... chill.
        • Dubdub
          The Tree of Life annoyed me for that reason too. I couldn't figure out the point until after the movie when a friend made it obvious to me. Then I realised I had actually seen and figured it out in the first five minutes, but I was just looking for something deeper. Heck, the women monologue tells you the whole point of the movie straight away. My advice, sit back, enjoy the film and don't look too hard. It'll be right in front of you. BTW the point of The Tree of Life was simply Grace and Nature and who we choose to be. The rest of the film is the boy wrestling btw the two.
      • vasras
        Perhaps the point is not to try and _understand_ it (your brain), but to feel it (your heart). Just let go, just feel. Like Jon says.
        • Exactly! Half the time I had no idea what I'm watching in Terrances films but it's beautiful.
    • Some of his movies might be worth analyzing but from the few interviews I've read with him, at least since The New World, he isn't interested in being very analytical. I don't think you'll get much out of trying to dissect his movies; everything is right on the surface. There's no "deep hidden meaning" to Tree of Life; I actually found it to be pretty matter of fact when it came to its themes and message.
      • Wrong
        Malick hasn't given any interviews "since The New World" or since about 1980 for that matter.
        • I could've sworn I read something he said about the new world. Maybe it was misattributed or fake.
    • I'd agree, but I don't think he cares enough to show his thoughts. He just wants them out there. I know that's what I'd do, personally. lol.
  • Poetry, in the form of images.
  • beevis
    not curious. it IS beautiful to look at - like ToL and TRL....but, i'll pass - other than the great camara work - ToL and TRL weren't (for me) very good movies.
  • Yeah, not feeling it really, just a bunch of honkies with emo problems.
    • Or emo's with honky problems. "Hey, when you get done dying your long bangs black and sewing your studs back onto your leather wristband, can you help me restring my banjo while we watch The Dukes of Hazard?"
      • I do kindo get that each frame is like a well composed painting, some of the shots were pretty great. But I still doubt I'll ever watch it. You can buy wristbands with the studs on now, all my heavy metal brothers and sisters have em.
  • Alex
    He's like a parody of himself....
  • Whats the Music?
  • Marcus
    The Tree of Life: Part 2
  • Busted
    Looks like another masterpieceto me, I loved the tree of life it spoke directly to my heart actualy bringing tears to my eyes and almost crushed my heart in an explosion of love.
  • Ricardo_PT
    Some scenes made me feel like I was watching a shot-by-shot remake of the Tree of Life.
  • BloodwerK
    Worth seeing for Javier, I'll bet...
  • Wow I literally love that quote on love.
  • Dan w
    I'm sold. To me his films have always been mysterious but I always get a certain personal feeling out of each scene. I think what is great about his films is that there's so much room for interpretation that we ourselves can give out own meaning and feeling to what the characters are going through. Also I'm a sucker for brilliant cinematography.
  • David Banner
    360p, WTF? That's an insult to Emmanuel Lubezki.
  • David Banner
    One of the most inspiring parts of Malicks life is that he took a 20 year "break" from film making. I wish I had caught some of his lectures at MIT.




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