Dragonknight’s review published on Letterboxd:
” Nobody's perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.”
Can any movie match the beauty and splendor of Terrence Malick’s poetic and utterly touching story of love, nostalgia and ardor? Malick’s cinematographer, Nestor Almendros, has captured such amazing and otherworldly pictures that while watching Days of Heaven you will forget about the world you’re living in and feel like you’re actually living in heaven. It’s hard to not fall in love with the wheat field and the setting sun, it’s hard to not fall in love with the wind, with the twilight, with the lights and the shadows. Days of Heaven is one of the most beautiful films ever made, if not THE most beautiful.
Terrence Malick has a unique way of narrating his stories. His film’s structures are more like a poem, their styles are different from the classic narratives of, for example Billy Wilder or John Ford. Malick is a poet, to understand his films one must look at the pictures and then try to become one with the images of human beings and nature, it is the unconscious part of the viewer’s mind that should do all the work here, it is all about the feeling of the viewer on that special moment, it’s like sitting in the middle of a forest for hours and hours and looking at the plants and animals in order to find that very special moment when you’re mind synchronizes with the universe and all its wonders.
Days of Heaven is not a film that can be understood by putting various facts together and then deducting the truth, it may seem bold but I think it’s all about the poetic feelings of the images, it doesn't matter who is in love with who, who hates who or who kills who, it’s all about the beauty and grandeur of nature, it’s all about that special moment when a human being realizes that he or she is a very small part of the universe, it’s about that special relationship between a man and a woman which may be even more gigantic and more powerful than the nature and its destructive powers. It’s all about that unrivaled power of human imagination that can create a fantastic piece of art like this one.
After directing Days of Heaven Terrence Malick abandoned film making for about two decades, perhaps he has made what he thought he was supposed to make as an artist, and he wasn't wrong. This is not just a film, this is an experience. One that will change its audience.
P.S: This is one of my favorite movie posters, very nice and delicate.