RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 118 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION TERRENCE MALICK SCREENPLAY TERRENCE MALICK STARRING CHRISTIAN BALE, CATE BLAMCHETT, NATALIE PORTMAN, BRIAN DENNEHY, ANTONIO BANDERAS, FREIDA PINTO, WES BENTLEY, ISABEL LUCAS MUSIC HANAN TOWNSHEND
Beautifully shot art house film that suffers from a story that goes nowhere.
To describe the premise of the story in a few words: it’s a guy (played by Christian Bale) who made it in LA as a screenwriter. Unfortunately, his personal life circumstances give him a hard time so he distracts himself with women and the excessive Hollywood lifestyle.
So, the movie looks gorgeous but the script sucks. The movie is a series of flashbacks that just don’t go anywhere. The character ends up at the same place where he started. Basically, nothing is happening. Its fun at first, but after an hour of quick cuts and long monologues in a cryptic language you just feel bored. At that point for me the movie became a showcase of LA locations. Luckily, I was in LA a few weeks ago so I could appreciate it. But even I fell asleep at one point.
The actors and performances were all great (Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley a.o.) but the plot felt so empty.
Maybe the movie is not for me because I don’t compensate my personal problems with women. Maybe because I’m not good with them.