wow this thread was reaching for a new low and I think it's been found.
let's bring this back. mod, I know how you feel. I feel like your fear of not liking a movie that everyone likes caused you to lash out a bit and then get equal and opposite lashing. here's the deal, this movie is a tough one. I sat there the entire time on the fence between objectively, consciously considering this film and subjectively letting myself be taken away by it. There were moments so beautiful that I couldn't help but be taken and that was awesome. Other times, I felt like it had its problems. I see the point you're making by giving Malick the benefit of the doubt just because he is a renowned director. Some artistic or moving films you can totally be absorbed based on their merit and your connection with the film. But here, and other times, I've felt the need to meet the movie half way in seeing what it wants to say. Every nouvelle vague film I've seen, I've had to really make it cerebral and I end up appreciating it.
Here, I felt both ways towards the film. Sometimes it absolutely worked and others I really had to give him the benefit of the doubt. I was just really aware of what I was feeling, and that's not always the best thing when watching a movie, in fact it never is. it is ok to not like this movie. if everyone liked it, that would be weird. I know that I like movies that are slow, but I also hate movies that are slow. I love Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring, and that's one slow fucking movie. But I hated watching Last Year at Marienbad, but I'm going to give it another shot. If you feel like somewhere along the way, you didn't give them its proper chance, then go see TNW again.
Anyhow, mod, I feel you man. And I see some points you're making. but some people just love this movie, which is great. and you don't, which is great. and mutiny is better than us.