Berlin Review: Terrence Malick's 'Knight of Cups' Pushes the Director's Style to Its Limits

February 8, 2015 8:42 PM

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Terrence Malick's recent burst of work — starting with "The Tree of Life" in 2011 and continued with 2012's "To the Wonder" — has shown an increasing disinterest in the boundaries of conventional narrative. "Knight of Cups" is no exception. The gorgeous, meandering portrait of empty Hollywood-fueled hedonism and a burnt-out screenwriter (Christian Bale) struggling to escape its clutches pushes the abstract qualities of the director's late period output to its extremes.

Filled to the brim with whispery voiceover narration, roaming camerawork and an unending collage of lush images to evoke its forlorn character's desire to escape the clutches of vapidity, "Knight of Cups" is always lovely to regard — but only diehard Malick fans may not tire of watching the same tro...

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