Cert: TBC Runtime: 118 mins Director: Terrence Malick Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots and Antonio Banderas
Dreams are nice, but you can’t live in them
The mysterious Terrance Malick made Knight of Cups back in 2012 back to back Weightless (allegedly due in 2016). As we know Malick releases films when he wants not when a studio wants. After numerous release dates for a U.K release constantly changing I wondered when will is see Knight of Cups? Well thanks to the German Blu-Ray release of the film I managed to watch Knight of Cups. It was a complete blind buy but Malick, Bale, Portman and Blanchett in one movie you have to watch it! So what is Knight of Cups about? Rick (Christian Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
This film is beautiful, it is poetic and it is bullshit.. it is thoroughly depressing and at times confusing. The only relief to this is when your confusion abades when finally you stop trying to figure out what the Hell is actually going on and on when you simply decide to enjoy the pretty colours and shapes of American architecture and scenery. Because to wonder why the characters are in any place and for what reason to to grasp at straws which aren’t even there.This film is essentially an aggrandising and glorification of the shallow side of human nature in the most unrelentingly pitying fashion. It’s two hours worth of very little substance with some very big names, filmed in a very beautiful way. That all said, it was very pretty. Just don’t expect to come away from it with anything other than a sense of numbness. As I say in my title, it is very much like watching a foreign film without subtitles. You get the gist of what’s going on, but there is no detail for which you can attach yourself emotionally. You won’t care about any of the characters nor what is going on, if anything was actually going on at all.