Back in September, I was over the moon when I discovered that Terrence Malick’s new film was going to play TIFF 2012. Then i saw the picture, and it felt less like being over the moon and colliding head-on into the moon.
The film I saw was beautiful, which didn’t surprise me in the least, but it also felt half-realized.
Now whether anything has changed about it, I do no know for sure. Malick has been known to tinker with his films endlessly, so getting a finished product so soon after TREE OF LIFE might have been parcelled with downsides. On the other hand, it is entirely possible that the man hasn’t touched a frame of it since September, and what I saw was what you’ll see.