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.

Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

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.