Sunday January 23, 2011 11:26

Movie #0040 – Days of Heaven (1978)

Posted by Michael


Directed by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
First Viewing

Synopsis: A man and his girlfriend take the opportunity to con a rich farmer who they believe is dying.

After being blown away by the amazing, downright beautiful recent trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (seriously, it’s my favourite trailer of the last little while and probably one of my favourite trailers ever), I decided that it was probably time to check out some of the man’s work. I saw Badlands several years ago (and barely remember it), but aside from that I am a Malick neophyte. Of course, it’s not too difficult to get caught up with Malick’s movies — he has only made four feature films up to this point.

Terrence Malick is best known for making some seriously beautiful looking movies, and on that level Days of Heaven does not disappoint. Seemingly filmed entirely at either dawn or dusk, the film has a strikingly ethereal look, with almost every frame suitable to be enlarged and framed on your wall. It is a very good looking movie.

As for the straightforward plot; it’s fine. It gets the job done, but it’s fairly clear that had this film been directed by a middle-of-the-road director with no flair for visuals, it would have been immediately forgotten. There’s really nothing about the story or about the characters that particularly stays with you for very long after the credits have rolled. It’s really more the mood and tone that Malick manages to sustain that gives this film its power.

I liked this movie, but I can’t help but think that I would have absolutely loved it had the story been even close to being on the same level as the direction/cinematography.

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1 Response to Movie #0040 – Days of Heaven (1978)

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Mitchell

November 8th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for arf

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