TITLE: Knight of Cups
RATED: R, for boobies
GENRE: Drama, Arthouse
STARRING: Christian "Really though, Mr. Malick, what is this scene about?" Bale and 6 talented women (Blanchett, Portman, Pinto, Lucas, Palmer, Poots) as personified stages of his spiritual journey
NOTABLE CREW: Terrence Malick. Need I say more? Yes? Then try on a little oscar winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT (written by the production, I kid you not): Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl, and fell into a deep sleep.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT (written by a viewer): A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with six different women.
WHAT I THINK: It's a visual poem packed full with thoughtful themes, metaphors, and mythological references. A modern poetic retelling of Pilgrim's Progress and, in some ways, the Prodigal Son. I liked it visually and for what it was trying to explore, but there were a few places where even I could have used some cleaner editing to understand what's happening on screen. It's hard to focus on your themes when I'm spending half the movie attempting to discern what/who I'm looking at. In short: Good, but not Tree of Life good.
WHO SHOULD WATCH IT: Lovers of artistic cinema / Terrence Malick movies. Also, discerning Christian thinkers. (Must have a tolerence for sexual scenes which serve the greater theme.)
WHO SHOULD NOT WATCH IT: The guy who sat in the row behind us who, as the credits began, uttered the words "Um... what was that?" It was later revealed that he and his friends had seen the previews and expected it to be some sort of party movie. It... it's not a party movie.
COOL FACTOIDS: Christian Bale had no lines to learn for this movie and Terrence Malick only gave him the character description for each scene. He generally had no idea what the movie was about during production. He only understood his role after seeing the final cut.