Um, did Terrence Malick go off and channel David Cronenberg or Gaspar Noé or is the “Knight of Cups” trailer just an amazing bit of marking? We've been waiting a while for this one and, well, it sure as hell looks like it was worth the wait.
The film was announced this morning as a 2015 Berlinale premiere, and a new synopsis has come along as well. To wit: “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?”
Er, OK. I mean. I'm tagging along here regardless, so no worries, but… OK. What we already knew of the story was just that it dealt with celebrity and excess. So that's an addendum, albeit an enigmatic one!
Malick's last film, “To the Wonder” with Ben Affleck, went nowhere in the awards season as a follow-up to the very well-received “Tree of Life.” Will we be talking about “Knight of Cups” this time next year? Time will tell.
Check out the new trailer above and tell us what you think. Personally, I'm crazy stoked now.