It was announced not long after his last film To The Wonder that was 4 years ago. It was a secret project for Terrence Malick then last year Knight Of Cups finally premiered in Berlin. 1 Week before it’s long awaited UK release we get the films UK trailer teases it will have the Autuer’s trademark visual asethtic and existial Despair…
In Knight Of Cups Rick (Christian Bale) is a comedy writer living in present-day Santa Monica. He longs for something other, something beyond the life he knows, without knowing quite what it is, or how to go about finding it. He doesn’t know which way to turn.
The death of his brother, Billy, hangs over him like a shadow. His father, Joseph (Brian Dennehy), bears a sense of guilt for Billy’s death. A surviving brother, Barry (Wes Bentley), down on his luck, has just moved to LA from where they grew up, in Missouri. Rick has been helping him get back on his feet.
Rick seeks distraction in the company of women: Della (Imogen Poots); Nancy (Cate Blanchett), a physician he was once married to; a model named Helen (Freida Pinto); Elizabeth (Natalie Portman), a woman he made pregnant; A stripper named Karen (Teresa Palmer); and a young woman who helps him to see his way forward, Isabel (Isabel Lucas).
Women seem to him to know more than he does. They bring him closer to the heart of things, closer to the mystery. The highs haven’t added up. The parties, the dalliances, the career, none has satisfied. And still each woman, each man he’s met through the course of his life has served him in some way as a guide, a messenger.
The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth? Will his courage fail him? Will he stay awake? Or will he let it all be just a dream, a hope, a passing fancy?
The journey has just begun.
When it comes to a Malick film, it’s a headscratcher how a film maker whose widley loved by many leading critics, deliver something visually rich but struggles to keep the momentum elsewhere. Fantastic cast, and history fortells many who starred Malick’s films there’s always career defining performances. Just ask the likes of Martin Sheen, Sean Penn,Richard Gere all perfect examples. Malick is known as a visually innovative and compelling filmmaker but why can’t he seem to connect with modern day film fans? Hannah Newton who covered the film at Berlin described the film as “Visually Hypnotic, but empty experience” (review will be reposted next week).
As well as a new trailer we have a number of very short clips from Knight Of Cups, check them out…
The Knight Of Cups will be out in UK from 6th May.