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|Originaltitel:||Song to Song|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 129 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
Love, deceit, triangles and lies in the music business - that's the plot of Terrence Malick's new film. You don't have to say more about the content of "Song to Song". As in his last films, there is no dramaturgical structure in the classical sense, but only short snapshots, mostly accompanied by music and sometimes involuntarily comic Voice Over comments. Beautiful pictures of beautiful people - unfortunately this Malick film has nothing more to offer. The filmmaker, who once belonged to the greats of his profession, becomes more and more an involuntary parody of himself.
Relating to the title of the film, one could argue that the individual episodes are like the songs of a LP (or in this case a multi-track LP) and that the story is told from song to song. A pretty explanation in itself that would work if Malick hadn't used exactly the same narrative style since "Tree of Life" in every one of his films. What may have worked in the esoteric view of life in "Tree of Life" in some respects is now only annoying. It's a shame that a man who used to be not only a visually masterful director, but also an interesting storyteller, now only delivers such a mess.
And even sadder, he always finds good actors who are willing to sell themselves completely under value. Because actors like Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender or Natalie Portman are not allowed to deliver more than standing around, touching each other, dancing around or looking questioningly into the distance. Cate Blanchett is degraded to a short cameo and the many guest appearances of well-known musicians also only last fractions of a second, without contributing anything to the film.
Sure, there will still be some hard-boiled Malick admirers who just love his style and who will find this movie great again. That's all very well. But no one who compares a masterpiece like "The Narrow Ridge" - Terrence Malick's last really good film - with this work of art will be able to claim that both films are even close to playing in the same league. Therefore: "Song to Song" is only worth seeing for viewers who think "Knight of Cups" and "Tot he Wonder" are great masterpieces. For all others: Don't touch the screensaver for two hours - it's cheaper!
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