This is gonna be controversial, but I'm going to say it: Terence Malick is probably the most overrated director out there. OK, sure, Badlands is fucking bad ass, no one can contradict that. But that was made in 1973, which is so old it was even before I was born. How much of how amazing it is is Sissy Spacek? A LOT. I think Malick discovered her at some party in Texas if I remember correctly.
Anyway, since then we've got Days of Heaven, which was dreamy and pastoral and all that but pretty much ruined by casting Richard Gere as the protagonist. He's too much of a light weight.
Then 20 years and out comes The Thin Red Line. I was excited and liked it at the time but that movie was a mess. So many pointless cameos: Nolte, Cusack, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson (who is not pointless I guess because I am sure he was great), Jared Leto??, Travolta (that one was super pointless) and Clooney. And cut out Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Sheen, Gary Oldman, Bill Pullman, Lukaas Haas, Vigoo Mortenson and Micky Rourke!! He recut it to make the movie about non-charismatic Jim Caveziel, who later went on to star in that non-classic The Passion and then do nothing ever.
OK, next we have the Pocahontas movie. I like Colin Farrell as much as the next lady but also a mess. I barely remember it.
Tree Of Life: pretty good but not as deep as it wanted to be. And now we have To The Wonder starring Affleck and it's getting terrible reviews. I guess the lady lead just twirls a lot. That's enough strikeouts that I'm declaring him a hack. He's like a band with one great album, which I respect but that's not much of a band.
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