Terrence Malick's Next To Be 'Even More Experimental Than Tree of Life'

I have to be honest, I struggled a great deal with Terrence Malick's fantastical but hollow Tree of Life - a film that I believe got away from the paranoid director years ago and in his quest for the meaning of life, he forgot that the fundamental idea of a film is to keep the audience engaged and not to bore them. And not to relentlessly hammer home the same individual point in every single scene. After toying with his footage in post-production for 14 decades, Tree of Life finally opens in L.A. and New York this week but I'm warning you now, it's a tough slog. A movie that whilst it will dazzle you in places will leave you dumbfounded in bewilderment in others. You can read my review HERE. But discussion here is reserved for Malick's next film, which thankfully we don't have to wait another several years to see. Unless of course Malick indulges himself in the editing room again. The L.A. Times reports that principal photography and additional re-shoots have all now been completed on his next venture which in some circles is going by the title The Burial, a drama that stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper and Jessica Chastain. Although very little is known about the movie and everything we do know is probably inaccurate, there is one line of quote from an apparent insider in the L.A. Times piece that is sure to raise some eyebrows as it's said that The Burial 'by one account is even more experimental than Tree of Life.' It's a vague, throwaway line in the piece but one that we can't help but consider it's meaning. Malick has already used his Tree of Life to explore existential questions about the meaning of life and the search for God but we had expected his next film, perhaps for how quickly it all came together, to be something less expansive. But then again anything is possible for Malick. Meanwhile, producer Bill Pohlad, presumably speaking on Terrence Malick's behalf, reveals that there is still no date yet for the IMAX documentary Voyage of Time - which is basically a two hour extended version of the insane twenty minute montage of images in Tree of Life that will alienate 99% of moviegoers. They say;
€œVoyage of Time€ will be narrated by €œTree of Life€ star Brad Pitt and display €œthe whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse,€ according to a confidential outline for the film obtained by The Times. A team of more than 20 advisors will €œensure the film is both aesthetically unique and scientifically accurate.€ According to a treatment for the documentary, €œVoyage of Time€ will cover the first signs of life, bacteria, cellular pioneers, first love, consciousness, the ascent of humanity, life and death and the end of the universe.
Endorsements for the documentary have come from luminaries Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg and we are told it will €œbe a memorable combination of art and science that will inspire as well as educate.€
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.