• PG, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Terrence Malick
    In Theaters:
    Sep 13, 1978 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 30, 1999
  • Paramount Pictures

Critic Review - ReelViews

One thing that certainly can be said about Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven: it's not sentimental or manipulative. Unfortunately, it's also not particularly involving.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (6)
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Weldon Smith

Weldon Smith

"One thing that certainly can be said about Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven: it's not sentimental or manipulative."

Okay first of all, that's two things. Secondly- it is the epitome of sentimentality. It's called Days of Heaven for Christ's sake. That title alone implies a look back on the past, dripping with sentiment.

And not particularly involving? It may be inherently detached and present an unfamiliar environment to most viewers, but UNINVOLVING? Maybe you would've preferred it in 3D, with Linda voiced by Eddie Murphy. If you were seriously unable to become involved in this story, then really ought to reevaluate the life you've been living.

Mar 30 - 10:23 PM

Marjeez

Mar Jeez

Completely agree. I actually thought this was much better than the overrated Badlands, which I thought had no moral behind it (and no, that doesn't make it artistic). Very surprised to call Days of Heaven one of my all-time favorites.

May 22 - 11:01 AM

Ken

Kenneth W.

"If you were seriously unable to become involved in this story, then really ought to reevaluate the life you've been living."

I know what you mean. It scares the hell out of me when people don't think like I do.

Apr 23 - 12:43 PM

Double.Dubs

Edward Stymest

because fuck opinions.

May 25 - 01:04 PM

John Matrix

John Matrix

Obviously he was looking for 3D and an Eddie Murphy voiceover. You sure saw right through him, yes you did.

May 31 - 04:24 PM

UMBerto

Zach Caruso

Actually despite what most people say here, this is a fantastic review and I very much agree with what he has to say.

"the conflict between content and style distances the viewer.... just because a movie is filled with vibrant photography doesn't mean it has a soul."

"From an aesthetic point-of-view, this is a tremendous motion picture. If movies were only about looking at a screen and being enraptured by photography, Days of Heaven would be a top-notch production."

"Despite quietly effective performances from the adult actors, the characters never click -- not with each other or with the audience.From an intellectual standpoint, we're curious to see what happens, but we haven't made an emotional investment in the outcome."

In my opinion, all this is true and is expressed truthfully and accurately. The film is shot beautifully, but the story doesn't run deep enough for any emotional intrigue because of Malick's awkward style which would be all the more beautiful if he could match his substance with its style.

Oct 2 - 02:18 PM

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