BP’s Top 100 Movie Challenge #79: Badlands, by Sarah Brinks

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5 Responses

  1. FictionIsntReal says:

    I’m the opposite: Badlands & Tree of Life worked for me (for taking somewhat opposite approaches), while New World & Thin Red Line did not. Badlands has a certain sense of humor about it, mocking Kit’s high opinion of himself.

  2. Sarah Brinks says:

    I think Malick is just one of those directors whose work appeals to people in different ways. I’m glad this film has it’s fans or defenders, it just didn’t work for me personally.
    It certainly didn’t steer away from making Kit look ridiculous, but he was also charming. I see how Holly would fall for him.

  3. Alex Cormier says:

    Hey Sarah I agree with you on this one. It just didn’t work for me

  4. Jeff Schroeck says:

    I had a hard time with Holly’s reaction to her dad’s death, too. But by the time it got to the end and the guards were treating him like he was a cool dude, I thought maybe it wasn’t Holly herself narrating the story but instead was Kit sitting in jail, imagining Holly telling his story. It made her reaction make more sense to me in retrospect.

  5. I’m with you as well, on Badlands. I appreciated everything about it while I was inoffensively bored. It’s far afield from my favorites of Malick’s pictures, but I also have a feeling it will only grow in my appreciation when I see it again.

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