Knight of Cups

There are so many cameos in Knight of Cups, from so many different sectors of the entertainment-industrial complex: Dan Harmon, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Joe Manganiello, Nick Offerman, Kevin Corrigan, Jason Clarke, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Kroll, and Fabio as himself. This raises an interesting question: is Terrence Malick testing us by seeing if we will just focus on the cameos at the expense of everything else? With his typical style of associative editing and exclusively ADR dialogue, it is much easier to say, “Hey! What are they doing in this?!” than to make sense of what is going on. As with The Tree of Life, I can already see myself thinking about this film more deeply than while I was watching it and thus appreciating it in retrospect. That might be a sign of success.