A lot of viewers judge filmmaker Terrence Malick for his films and his style of filmmaking. A majority of viewers consider him overrated; find his films to be pretentious and boring and wonder why he gets the attention the way legends do. Whereas, a particular class of viewers, including me, contradict the above opinions and consider him a living legend. I absolutely adore his films and his style of filmmaking.
Terrence Malick’s debut film, Badlands (1973) premiered at New York film festival and was warmly received from critics all over the world. It was good enough to overshadow Martin Scorsese’s ‘Mean Streets’ which premiered at the same film festival. By far, ‘Badlands’ is considered as one of the best debut films in the history of world cinema.
In the year 1978, Malick’s second film ‘Days of Heaven’ proved everyone that he was not a one-film-wonder. The film went on to win an Academy award for best cinematography and Malick won Best Director awards for Cannes film festival. And with this Malick received a stature of an ace filmmaker.
Hiatus and comeback
After ‘Days of Heaven’ Malick suddenly moved to Paris and vanished from the limelight of film industry. In the 20 years hiatus, he penned numerous scripts which were never filmed. In the year 1995, it was announced that Malick is making another film (‘The Thin Red Line’) after years; a string of A-list actors showed up and urged to work with him. ‘The Thin Red Line’ premiered at Berlin Film festival in 1998 and went on to win ‘Golden Berlin Bear’. It was also nominated for Academy award in seven categories. It is still considered as one of the best war films in cinema history.
The next film Malick made released in 2005, ‘The New World’ which was not so well received by critics initially but was hailed as one of the best movies of that decade.