With his award-winning The Tree of Life
, director Terrence Malick pretty much threw off any remaining chains of conventional narrative and storytelling. His art evolved to a place of nearly pure montage, a place where visual poetry (the rhythm of editing, the repetition of imagery, the lighting, the camera movements, and the color) meant more than the actors or the characters or the script. While The Tree of Life
wrestled with the weighty topics of love, death, and God, his follow-up, To the Wonder
, focuses solely on love -- the subject matter for so much classical poetry -- and solidifies his current style.
Ben Affleck plays Neil, an Amer...