Song to Song
Posted by Norville on 4/19/2017, 8:37 pm
is the first Malick film that even I admit is pretty dire. At least Knight of Cups had the tarot structure, and the female characters were varied enough to provide contrast. StS doesn't have nothing remotely new - modern life is a void, true salvation lies in love and soil, blah blah blah. The whole Austin music scene thing is pointless, any setting with enough sex & drugs would've sufficed. The Portman-Fassbender arc is the nadir of his whole career; this is what the "God's Not Dead" crowd imagine the wealthy elite live like. At least Gosling & Rooney feel like they could be real people - Portman & Fassbender are just cartoons.
It's not even that painful to watch; Malick offers up something visually interesting every few minutes, and there's the whole "is that Flea/Val Kilmer/Johnny Rotten?" aspect that's superficially entertaining. But once it's over, it's hard not be overcome with how ####ing dumb this movie is.