With Cannes off and running, there are going to be dribs and drabs of trailers, posters and film stills as things are hawked in the large film marketplace that dominates the festival (and remains more or less outside of the bulk of press coverage.) Leading the charge is this first still from Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups Christian Bale in his third outing with the director stars alongside with Natalie Portman, who will be possibly following in the (bare) footsteps of Jessica Chastain and Olga Kurylenko. will be starring with Imoogen Poots, Cate Blanchett and Antonio Banderas supporting. The film still itself is about as typical an image from a 21st century Malick movie as one can gets: A couple on a beach, maybe frolicking, maybe twirling.
I’d give you the plot, but would it really matter? You watch a Malick film for the cinematic vitality, not the plot points. Am I excited for this and hope it finds the proper investments to get a bigger release than the woefully neglected To The Wonder? Hell yes.