Actors: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
Director: David Lowery
Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
Number of discs: 1
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Run Time: 96 minutes
I can’t think of a way to discuss David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints without simultaneously addressing the career of Terrance Malick, and that’s somewhat disappointing on many levels. In some ways this is a poetic style of filmmaking which comes down to preference, though there are also issues of originality.
On one hand, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is more reminiscent of early Malick in terms of story with the visuals of some of his later work, making for a more cohesive viewing experience than a film like To the Wonder. On the other hand, like much of Malick’s recent work, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints makes me long for the films it resembles more than enjoy I actually enjoyed this one. Style is no issue for Lowery, but it often overshadows what little narrative contained within his script.