After reading Steven Lloyd Wilson’s absolute evisceration of Exodus: Gods and Kings, getting some distance from the film is probably Christian Bale’s best move. This looks like just the ticket; frolicking with Natalie Portman and Imogen Poots, cheating on Cate Blanchett, surrounded by people fighting to sell him a dream. So…moving away from Moses, and on to hos(es)? Bale’s “Rick” looks to be a modern-day rich and privileged actor, living a life of every excess he can get his hands on, until he wakes up and wonders about the man he is vs. the man he wants to be.
Funnily enough, all roads may lead back to Egypt. The official synopsis reads:
“Once there was a young prince whose father, the king of the East, sent him down into Egypt to find a pearl. But when the prince arrived, the people poured him a cup. Drinking it, he forgot he was the son of a king, forgot about the pearl and fell into a deep sleep. Rick’s father used to read this story to him as a boy. The road to the East stretches out before him. Will he set forth?”
Though the trailer marks a different look and feel from Malick’s past few films, the theme of redemption stands fast. Here’s hoping things work out for both Rick and Bale.
Knight of Cups also stars Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Joel Kinnaman, Nick Offerman, Joe Manganiello and Ben Kingsley. It will premiere at the 65th Berlin Film Festival, February 2015.