Song to Song

Song to Song


I had this one rented on iTunes for a while now, but the length always was an excuse.  With the rental period coming close to being up, I had to make the decision on whether or not to watch it.  I watched it.  That was the wrong choice.

Song to Song is pretentious, boring, and lacks any real sort of narrative structure that would engage anyone other than perhaps the most hoity-toity film student.

The film has a great cast in Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman, and their performances were fine (despite the constant whispering of the cast), but I did not care much for any of the characters involved here.

The movie felt more like a series of voice-over shorts than any sort of complex tale.  It was dull and uninspired.

Terrence Malick continues to create sleepy and dream-like films that are visually interesting to look at, but of which I have not been impressed.  Song to Song is yet another in this line.  Perhaps this fits best in a small coffeehouse with an audience of beatniks and snooty film connoisseurs.  I did not like this much at all.

1.6 stars

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