Song to Song

Song to Song

Song to Song

Review by Livia Peterson 

Auteur director Terrence Malick is known for using multiple, nonlinear narratives and unconventional film making. His latest film “Song to Song” is experimental to the maximum.

Terrence Malick films are an acquired taste, akin to Woody Allen films. You either like or dislike them – divisive, to say the least.

The love triangles at the center of the narrative involve Faye (Rooney Mara), Zoey (Berenice Marlohe), BV (Ryan Gosling), Rhonda (Natalie Portman), and Cook (Michael Fassbender), all of which intersect the Austin music scene.

“Song to Song” is confusing, frustrating, and infuriating – all at once.  The intertwining, incoherent narratives do not reach their full potential during the conclusion. The multiple narrative technique should be effective, not shallow and confusing. Everything is open ended. 

On a positive note, Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is gorgeous and dizzying, making the viewer feel as if they are twirling, alongside the actors onscreen. There are several stunning nature shots, but they don't seem to correspond to the  context of the story.  This  couples with mediocre performances to create a forgettable mess.  "Song to Song" departs from the lucid "Tree of Life" (2011) into nonsensical territory, causing this reviewer to lose some faith with respect to his upcoming films. 

D+

Livia Peterson is a guest reviewer.  For other reviews, her website can be found at the below link:

http://www.liviapeterson.com/home

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