Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven ★★★½

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Director: Terrence Malick (Second Film)

I'm fairly conflicted with this one. Although I'm all for a visual-feast, and am more than forgiving of a film that focusses on the visuals rather than its plot I still found it occasionally jarring, with the voice-over unable to paper over the fragmented narrative and the emotionally barren wasteland.

Yet... it's astoundingly beautiful to look at. And so I figure as a cinematic achievement, it's still a more-than worthwhile experience. Cinema is, afterall, entirely driven by the visual - in my opinion anyway - so I suppose I can forgive it. And I'm willing to accept the ideas behind its emotional aloofness if only to salvage the prettiness.

Another thing that is pretty is Richard Gere. I don't know if he's a good actor really.. but he has a presence... and he's pretty.. so yeah.. that seems to have worked for him over the years. Anyway. Richard Gere isn't important. Terrence Malick is here, and he works incredibly hard for perfection. Visually he achieves perfection, there is no doubt about that, but I've just finished reading a few bits about the entire production, and I'm not surprised it took him so long to follow up on this.

So yeah.. anyway, my final verdict is that, that is a beautiful film. Maybe I didn't enjoy it per-say, but I sure as hell was in awe, and I do appreciate it. A visual masterpiece for sure, and I'm aware of how this film is told - hazy and fragmented and so-on. I think I'm aware of why the film is so highly revered.. and I'm just sitting here not entirely sure why I didn't like it as much as I should have.

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