After reviewing movies for more than forty years, Roger Ebert died last week at the age of 70. The Chicago Sun Times has published Ebert's final review, for Terrence Malick's To The Wonder. A haunting, disjointed tale of love and faith, To The Wonder pleased Ebert, who gave the film three and a half stars.
"'Well,' I asked myself, 'why not?' Why must a film explain everything? Why must every motivation be spelled out? Aren't many films fundamentally the same film, with only the specifics changed? Aren't many of them telling the same story? Seeking perfection, we see what our dreams and hopes might look like. We realize they come as a gift through no power of our own, and if we lose them, isn't that almost worse than never having had them in the first place?"