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To the Wonder

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Beautifully filmed romance chooses style over substance.

Movie R 2013 112 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Try hard arthouse

This film is irritating. The characters are childish and unrealistic. Marina kept twirling and spinning and her personality was without any substance. Seemed like a very poor attempt at an arthouse film. It just didn't work and came across as cringe-worthy and a bit of a wank. The cinematography although beautiful, was ruined by repetition of too similar imagery. Lacked plot, lacked substance. Terrible film.

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No one could accuse To the Wonder of being visually uninteresting. At times the cinematography is so exquisite -- the movement of the grass, the way the light filters through the clouds -- that you almost forget to catch a breath. It's a tone poem, evocative and awash with feeling. But a movie doesn't just transport with images; the story, whether complex or simple, has to work, too.

And this is where To the Wonder falters. What is it saying about the nature of love? That it's fleeting? That it twirls, as one character constantly does, leading nowhere? That it's ephemeral? But who are the people inhabiting the story? Why should we care? In the end, we don't, much -- not about the man who seems so one-dimensional that we can't understand why two arresting women would flit in and out of his life, nor about the women themselves who are either so flimsily drawn (MacAdams' character) or beautifully played but more a projection than an actual substantive character (Kurylenko). To the Wonder doesn't leave viewers wondering, as great movies do, about its mysteries. It just leaves us befuddled and not much motivated to figure out why.

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