Originally Posted by robinsongreen68
the thin red line is fuckin' great. that scene where in the middle of the rising tension of the conflict, (marines pinned down on a hill, knowing it would be pretty much suicidal to attack the emplacement at the top, as their commander insists..)... and the camera focuses on the wind blowing through the long grass. unforgettable cinema.
days of heaven and badlands are also wonderful.
I think people are confused as to what makes a movie good, or even great.
Visually, "The Thin Red Line" is one of the greatest war movies ever made. Conceptually, it's quite a success as well. In terms of content and execution, however, it's a remarkably poor film. The narrative thrust is unclear, the plot is oftentimes confusing and it's a fairly empty exercise overall, despite all the brilliant moments.
"Days of Heaven" was a grea
t film. Aesthetically it's without equal and my stock answer for the most beautiful film I've ever seen. Beyond that, it's a film that is incredibly layered from a narrative standpoint and succeeds on many levels, both as a study of character, place, and social upheaval.
A movie can be visually stunning without being a success but I rarely find that successful movies are visually uninteresting. As such, I have never found any of Malick's films to be unsuccessful overall but I certainly have enjoyed some more than others.