Terrence Malick is definitely a director that requires a lot of patience from his audience. For starters, sometimes he takes anywhere from two to ten years to complete a film, despite talking about it forever.
He also structures his films a little unorthodox and what I mean by that is that he’s very relaxed with his narratives and often-times resorts to focusing more on themes and characters versus actual storylines and plots.
I’d describe his films as mediating journeys that are methodically shot and can be dissected and discussed for years.
His latest film is Voyage of Time, which is an IMAX documentary that will be presented in two cuts, with a shorter 40 minute version being narrated by Brad Pitt and a longer version being narrated by Cate Blanchett.
Visually, this looks like a spiritual sequel to The Tree of Life, which is one of Malick’s most dividing films. I loved it and still think that its a high work of art, but others will quickly discard it as bloated garbage that looks beautiful, but rarely adds up to much.
Voyage of Time seems to be borrowing heavily from that film, capturing those breath-taking formation sequences with a stronger focus on the universe at large. I feel that Malick’s generally unhinged filmmaking approach will lend itself perfectly to the IMAX documentary format, allowing his use of voiceovers and a strong focus on imagery to take the centerstage versus using traditional storytelling methods.
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience hits theaters this October.
Check out the mesmerizing trailer in the highest quality that your screen can handle, because it’s absolutely gorgeous.