Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Instantly recognizable as a Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups has the same low-and-wide photography, the philosophical voice-overs, the general human malaise peppered with joy, that has been his signature directorial style since his coming out of hiatus with 1999s The Thin Red Line. Christian Bale plays a rich asshole in California who is reflecting on whether rich asshole was a good of life-goal. Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman co-star, and he extended cast is across the board exceptional: Imogen Poots, Kevin Corrigan, Brian Dennehy, Jason Clarke, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Shea Whigham, Ryan O’Neal, Ben Kingsley, Michael Wincott, Nick Offerman, Wes Bentley, (and Antonio Banderas is apparently on hand in the trailer to reflect women as fruit flavours.)

Whether or not the subject matter is appealing to you, the West coast vistas, and insides of mansions and nightclubs make this one of the top visual looking films of the year.

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mike rot

OK I must be going crazy, how is this not exactly the same trailer that came out last spring?

Also it’s Blanchett, the e is not silent.

Jonathan Burdick

I can still really get into Badlands and Days of Heaven and the Thin Read Line… but the more I’ve watched his more recent stuff, the less I’ve liked it. I loved Tree of Life the first time I saw it, but found it unbearable in subsequent viewings. To the Wonder, I found downright painful to watch. This might be the same.