Terrence Malick’s Tree Of Life certainly divided audiences and it appears that To The Wonder is destined to do the same. It’s received decidedly mixed reviews at the Toronto and Venice film festivals, but we’ll be able to see for ourselves when the film reaches UK cinemas on February 22nd.
Now a trailer has arrived, giving us our best look at the movie yet. It’s filled with swooping low-angle camera shots, Ben Affleck looking emotional and everything being incredibly pretty yet hard to decode. It’s not going to be an easy one, as Affleck has joked that it “makes Tree of Life look like Transformers.” As with Sean Penn in Tree, it’s also been said Affleck’s role has been dramatically reduced in the actual movie compared to what he filmed.
Affleck plays Neil, who falls for Marina (Olga Kurylenko) when they meet in France. The couple return to Neil’s Oklahoma hometown, but as their passion cools, Neil is drawn to his childhood sweetheart, Jane (Rachel McAdams). While the plot is fairly simple, the execution is said to be far more complex and philosophical.