Dear friend, I want you imagine a field with no end. So you start running in this field. You are running to get to its end, but as I said before, it has no end. So after hours and hours and hours of running, you stop because you start to realize there is no end to this field and well, because you have ran a hell lot. Simply put, you stop because you are TIRED and HOPELESS. Well, sorry for the spoiler, but I just described Badlands for you.
In Badlands, Terrence Malick sends of two individuals (they do not qualify to be called lovers) on a run, that later becomes apparent, both of them do not want to go on. At least, not with each other.
Cinematic plots are, in most cases, unrealistic scenarios if you take out the characters. This is because it is the characters and their convictions that give a viewer a desire to pursue the plot. In Badlands, there is a dreadful hollowness to every character. The crimes of Kit and Holly are shrouded by an inexplicable banality and their love for each other a mere farce. Yet, they carry along. Why ? We do not know. Worse, we never know.
As a cinephile, I know it is not fair to criticize a movie from the start to the end. I won’t disagree, although the movie is never intriguing, nor is it never boring and the cinematography is breath-taking.
However, honestly speaking, I cannot even think of loving a movie which starts and ends without a purpose. Halfway through the journey, even Holly admits she is wary of it. When the central protagonist herself has had enough of the journey, how the hell can anyone in their right mind expect a viewer to give a rat’s ass ?
From the moment it started till the moment it ended, Badlands left me devoid of any feeling. For me, that’s the worst kind of movie. I would prefer hating a movie rather than feel nothing about one.
RATING : 3.9 / 10
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