A masterpiece is how some viewers greeted Terrence Malick’s impressionistic drama starring Christian Bale; for others, it’s self-indulgent twaddle. The jury is still out.

Knight Of Cups Cate Blanchett Christian Bale

Christian Bale plays a philandering Hollywood screenwriter looking for love and searching for a sense of self amid the fleshpots of Los Angeles and Las Vegas in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups . He drifts from one party to the next; one woman to another (Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poot and Teresa Palmer are among his conquests). How you respond to his quest, however, will be a matter of taste.

For some, Malick’s impressionistic drama is a masterpiece; for others, it’s self-indulgent twaddle. Yet if you can cope with elliptical imagery and dialogue, fragmentary voice-overs and a complete absence of plot, then the film’s sensual and sometimes ecstatic images, rhythmically edited to rhapsodic classical music, prove curiously mesmerising.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 114 mins. Director Terrence Malick

Knight of Cups is available on Digital Download and is released on Blu-ray & DVD on 22 August, courtesy of Studio Canal.

Extras:

  • Press Conference Berlin Film Festival 2015
  • Red Carpet Interviews
  • Featurette