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  • 24Emmy
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    Trailer — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC-3rnv_b3o&feature=player_embedded

     

    ‘Knight Of Cups’ Trailer: Sex & Soul Searching In Terrence Malick’s Latest


    by Nancy Tartaglione    

    December 15, 2014 12:43pm
        
     

    The Berlin Film Festival this morning announced that Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups would world premiere in competition there in February, offering up the most recent piece of official intel on the secrecy-shrouded film. A few short hours later, our cup just about runneth over with new information. FilmNation Entertainment has released the first trailer for the movie which stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman. (Watch it above).

    We already knew the story dealt with temptations, celebrity, and excess. Now, we’ve gotten a look at Bale’s lead character, Rick, as he navigates those facets of the Hollywood fast-life, questioning who he’s become. We also have a somewhat cryptic synopsis to go with the fresh images: “Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?”

    Malick watchers have been patiently awaiting Knight Of Cups since the legendary director’s last two films found different fortunes. To The Wonder divided critics at Venice in 2012, and The Tree Of Life won the Palme d’Or in Cannes the year before.

    Malick wrote and directs Knight Of Cups which reunites him with longtime DP, Emanuel Lubezki. Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Armin Mueller-Stahl and the voice of Ben Kingsley also star. Producers are Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Ken Kao with Glen Basner and Tanner Beard as exec producers. FilmNation has nearly sold out on the film internationally, and CAA and WME will co-rep the U.S. sale in Berlin which runs February 5-15.

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    Tye-Grr
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    Omg, I love the trailer!! It looks amazing. Gorgeous visuals.

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    zordon
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    The trailer promises visually stunning and pretentious as hell movie. Basically what you can expect from the Malick.
    Still, I’m very intrigued. Glad that Blanchett survived the editing room. With this and Cinderella she might have a very succefull Berlinale.

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    TomHardys
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    This must have been surreal for the actors to film. I had to watch the trailer four times and I still feel like I didn’t absorb half of it. It’s the Malick effect. Bale looks astonishingly good.

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    24Emmy
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    Cate Blanchett is going to have a huge 2015 with Carol, Cinderella, and Knight of Cups in the mix.

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    Nessie
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    Hmm. I loved Tree of Life. I loathed To the Wonder. This looks like it has a whole other set of problems to me: hammy acting, overwrought dialogue… Looks like a very, very long perfume advert.

    Oh, dear. 

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    vinny
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    It looks interesting. Not exactly excited by this one either.

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    Stardust
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    Oh this will definitely be more polarizing than TOF…and Maps to the Stars..combined.

    And I’m surprised, CB seems to have gotten quite a bit of screentime.. 

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    Macbeth
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    And I’m surprised, CB seems to have gotten quite a bit of screentime.. 

    Thought you meant Christian Bale for a second  

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    babypook
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    Well, my fingers are crossed hard. For a looong time Malick is my favorite director. Now, I am beginning to worry about him. He goes from making a film roughly every four years; masterpieces really, imo. Now, he’s become prolific, for him, and I fear that he has taken a plunge off the deep end.

    I suppose he’s more than paid his dues, and he can direct what he wishes. But, what about his audiences?

    I hope I’m wrong about this, but the trailer is like spiked juice to me. Not that I mind that, but I’m marginally holding my breathe over this new effort of his.

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    Nessie
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    Well, my fingers are crossed hard. For a looong time Malick is my favorite director. Now, I am beginning to worry about him. He goes from making a film roughly every four years; masterpieces really, imo. Now, he’s become prolific, for him, and I fear that he has taken a plunge off the deep end.

    I suppose he’s more than paid his dues, and he can direct what he wishes. But, what about his audiences?

    I hope I’m wrong about this, but the trailer is like spiked juice to me. Not that I mind that, but I’m marginally holding my breathe over this new effort of his.

    I know what you mean. I loved Malick but To the Wonder was just so awful…, the acting, the direction, the lack of a script, everything. This trailer really scares me. It looks like a mess. Fingers crossed, it isn’t but… 

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    AMG
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    Well, this sucks. For the most part.

    Christian Bale is in it for basically the entire time, and he makes zero impact. It is two hours of people walking around, doing nothing. People looking out of windows. People slightly touching Bale’s arm. People at a party looking bored out of their minds. People walking past shops. All happening over either a a decent enough score or a monologue voiceover which you lose interest in because the gimmick becomes incredibly wearing very early on.

    Thank Christ for Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman! Popping up for all of ten minutes in the middl, Blanchett at least engages the viewer in something a bit more meaningful and not pretentious like all the other characters and stories. The same with Portman. It here becomes a film capable of being good, and interesting watch. The monologues don’t feel pretentious here because the emotions of Portman are seen, and there is a dialogue between the characters. Although, once both actresses leave the screen, it should really end. In fact, the whole film should have focused away from all the other characters, and focused in on the Blanchett/Bale/Portman dynamic. Though, that does bode well for Weightless given the reported outline of what that is about. The two stars I’d give this film are one each for Portman and Blanchett.

    If it weren’t for me having Wikipedia open while watching the film, I’d have no idea that the people he meets are actually in some way connected to Bale’s character. Everything is pretty much just so lacking.

    ‘It’s about him finding his place in the world’ – NO! It’s about Christian Bale being surrounded by talented and beautiful women who get given one of the shortest straws imaginable.

    I hope this was just a piss about project for Malick to shove all his prententious, gimmicky non-narrative, dull crap into one place before he began shooting Weightless, so that it doesn’t suffer from the same terminal diagnosis. There is a good film hidden in there somewhere, that often gets drowned by nonsense.

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    Halo_Insider
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    ^ Yeah, I’ve got to admit, having finally caught up with it last night, that I felt similarly. 

    I’ve never really had that much of a problem with Malick loosening his ties with conventional narrative structure, but I was just not attached at all to what was going on this time out. I also agree that, as far as interactions go, the ones with Blanchett and Portman seem to have the most power to them, and that otherwise there was very little substance in Bale’s interactions with other characters. Jack Fisk’s production design does a decent job, suggesting a setting that is both overwhelming and hollow at times in the way that fits with the Bale character’s apparent crisis. But that’s pretty much all I got out of it. 

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