Kevin P. Sullivan
October 07, 2016 AT 04:42 PM EDT

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
45 minutes
release date
10/07/16
performer
Brad Pitt
director
Terrence Malick
genre
Documentary

We gave it a C+

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience is the logical next step for writer, director, and enthusiast of hands gently grazing wheat stalks Terrence Malick. The 45-minute, large-format version of his spin on the history of the world is as visually stunning, languid, and heavy on the voice over—a feature-length cut subs in Cate Blanchett for Brad Pitt as narrator—as you’d expect, but the nature doc framing gives him permission to ignore story and character entirely. In practice, the result is something much closer to the IMAX films of old—the kind of thing school children would watch during a field trip to a museum, except with a bit too much elliptical narration. (While seeing the movie’s stunning global-and-galaxy-trodding visuals on the IMAX-sized screen is enough reason to opt for the shorter cut, this thing does not need to be any longer.) Enjoyed on that level, Voyage of Time is a beautiful diversion, but almost entirely empty, even in its inquisitive big swings for profundity. C+

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