DVD Review: Terrence Malick’s KNIGHT OF CUPS Is Another Cinematic Wonder - Movies In Focus
If you’re not a fan of Terrence Malick’s ethereal style of filmmaking then Knight Of Cups isn’t for you. Malick once again eschews a traditional plot and narrative, flitting between disconnected voice-overs and dreamlike imagery. Malick’s visuals merge nature and architecture as we follow Christian Bale’s Rick, a screenwriter in an emotional free-fall wallowing through every excess that Los Angeles has to offer. It wouldn’t be a Terrence Malick film if it didn’t have an impressive cast and Knight Of Cups (the title comes from a Tarot card) sees Bale joined by yet another starry line-up that gets the trademark ‘blink and you’ll miss them’ Malick treatment. Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Jason Clarke, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, Joel Kinnaman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto are several of the big names, with a variety of limited screen-time. Like all Malick movies, Knight Of Cups is light on plot. Malick’s films always tend to be more about a concept than a story and while he may shoot the film in a more traditional fashion, he cuts the film into what can only be described as cinematic poetry. Many will argue that Knight Of Cups plays like a two hour perfume commercial, [...]