Behold the Tarot-tastic ‘Knight of Cups’ Poster
According to Salem Tarot, the “Knight of Cups” card “signifies a dreamy, caring, loving individual from your present. This Knight pursues his thoughts and fantasies, and intuitively attunes to the needs of others. He may signify a lover who does not wish to commit, who is attractive, but passive. He does what he believes in, and is considered a charmer.”
It also signifies the new Terrence Malick movie, the third in four years from the formerly reclusive, suddenly prolific filmmaker. Knight of Cups stars Christian Bale, who stars as a guy I can only assume is dreamy, caring, and loving (but afraid to commit). He’s probably attractive but passive. If you’ve seen any of Malick’s recent movies, you know that description also applies to the stuff he’s been making this decade as well.
Malick’s latest contemplative art film opens in less than two months, and here is its poster. It’s a good one.
And here’s the official plot synopsis:
Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward. Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape -- but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination.
It’s a beautiful poster, and it certainly sounds like a Terrence Malick movie from that plot description. But will it be a good Terrence Malick movie? The honest answer is reviews so far have been unusually mixed. That’s not a great sign. Hold on, lemme flip over some more tarot cards until I find the one that predicts the next dreamy meditation on love and mortality will be a masterpiece. Knight of Cups opens in theaters on March 4.