“Song to Song” Review

10 July, 2017

Director: Terrence Malick
Screenwriter: Terrence Malick
Director of Photography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Cast: 
Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender

Synopsis: Capturing a series of vaguely interconnected moments across the lives of several characters, Song to Song sees romance blossom and wither against a contemporary rock ‘n’ roll backdrop.

Song to Song Review:

A film resembling the incomprehensible moments before death as one’s soul travels towards the light and experiences a cacophony of sights, sounds, and smells, “Song to Song” seeks out festivals, sports matches, and nightclubs, stumbling across figures as iconic as Iggy Pop and Red Hot Chili Peppers as it tumbles into the void of filmmaking hell. Made back-to-back with “Knight of Cups” and beset by the same creative inadequacies as its predecessor, the film squirms beneath the clash of Die Antwoord and Gustav Mahler, barely reaching the standard of a typical pop music video while performers spar for screen time with little care for the finished product.

Scriptless and cursed by its lack of boundaries, “Song to Song” finds zero inspiration in the improvised meanderings of its A-List cast as the line between actor and character erases to expose performers at their most vapid and utterly useless. Extending the film’s novelty value no further than the space between familiar faces, Terrence Malick drags his name through the mud, satiating creative perversions while name-dropping through strange scenarios involving current Hollywood icons and their musical counterparts.


Although clearly enamoured by the prospect of Ryan Gosling flirting with Lykke Li and Val Kilmer destroying stage equipment with a chainsaw, Malick captures content that would barely fly in a high school drama class as Michael Fassbender apes around like a fool and Rooney Mara simply waits to be dry humped on the furniture. Completed before pen was even put to paper, “Song to Song” is a movie designed for the worst kind of adoring viewer whose dedication to Malick’s craft allows them to assign petty meanings to an orgy made to encapsulate nothing but sheer self-absorption.

 

   

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