His output is presently as prolific as it’s ever been, but has Terrence Malick‘s work lost some of its focus as a result? That’s one question many have been asking, as his films encounter more mixed reviews and less excitement than his previous efforts.
So goes the unusually tepid reception for “Knight Of Cups,” which opens this week and now has a new teaser powered by Diplo‘s “Express Yourself” —you know, for the kids! To recap, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Freida Pinto, Cherry Jones, Joe Manganiello, Haley Bennett, Imogen Poots, Ryan O’Neal, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Jocelin Donahue, Sergey Bodrov, Nick Offerman and Ben Kingsley comprise the massive ensemble in a film that follows a disillusioned man wandering among lots of beautiful people and searching for meaning. Here’s the synopsis:
Knight of Cups follows Rick (Christian Bale), an uninspired screenwriter living on the event horizon of all the vice, and some of the virtues Los Angeles has to offer. He is a slave to the Hollywood system; addicted to success but simultaneously despairing at the emptiness of his life. With the death of his brother Billy hanging over him, and his surviving, down-on-his-luck brother, Rick seeks distraction in the company of women. Women seem to know him better than he knows himself, bringing him closer to the heart of things, closer to understanding his place. And while the parties, the dalliances, and the career remain unfulfilling — each woman, each man he’s met through the course of his life has served him in some way as a guide, a messenger. This visceral journey through one man’s City of Angels has just begun.
“Knight Of Cups” arrives on Friday.