From The AV Club:
The remaining central cast of Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, and Olga Kurylenko barely have any lines between them. In fact, reactions to the movie so far have suggested that it’s some of Malick’s least narrative, most impressionistic work yet. And considering the director’s infamous fascination with the poetics of the natural world (i.e. wheat—lots and lots of wheat), that’s saying something.
The film focuses on Affleck’s love affairs, first with Kurylenko in Paris and then with McAdams in a Midwestern town. Bardem plays the town’s strangely exotic preacher. If there is more to the plot, aside from lots of hugging and glance-casting—and, yes, running through wheat—the trailer doesn’t let on.
“You shall sit through my extensive panoramic shots,” it seems to say, “whether you like it or not.”
— Jackson Williams.