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Knight of cups is a tarot card which means that you are in search of something essential to you. Knight of cups is directed by Terrence Malick, who is known for having an experimental way of narrating his story.
The story knight of cups is of Rick ( Christian Bale) who is a writer and is in search of his self. He shares a complicated relationship with his father ( Brian Dennehy) and brother (Wes Bently). In order to find his true self, and the meaning of his existence Rick meets six enchanting ladies; his ex-wife Nancy ( Cate Blanchett), fierce Della ( Imogen Poots), a beautiful model Helen ( Freida Pinto); a woman from his past ( Natalie Portman); a fun loving stripper Karen ( Teresa Palmer); and Isabel ( Isabel Lucas) who leads him to his destination.
Knight of cups is the 7th film directed by Terrence Malick after The Tree Of Life and To The Wonder, he has strange stories and strange narrative (it’s something we have established). The story isn’t that enticing or interesting that you would watch. There are many scenes and plot points that are left incomplete and for us to decipher. What is good about the movie though, is the cinematography, Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar for Reverent and has also given movies like Gravity. The emotions of all characters are delivered beautifully. The characters are neatly knitted. Though the lack of good storyline and narrative is a negative point about the movie.
Knight of Cup stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Frieda Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Isabel Lucas, and more. The actors have played well, and it’s the magic of the cinematographer that the scenes are so strong to portray their emotions. You actually feel bad for Nancy(Rick's ex-wife) and you understand Rick's need to find the meaning in his life.
A different story, though not narrated in the best way. The movie’s cinematography is quite enticing and makes it bearable.
What’s not there?
There are a lot of plot points and scenes left incomplete for us to make sense of it, though for some it might have poetic relevance, and if you don't belong in that category you might consider giving this miss.
Overall, Knight of cups is not that great a film. The entire movie is a string of incomplete scenes merged together using voice-overs and music. The need to fetch meaning for one's self could be done in many other ways than sleeping around, living with privilege in places like Los Angeles and Las Vegas. You need nothing more than a good story to capture the audience's attention, and hearts.
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