Terrence Malick's debut plays like a foreshadowing of his career mixed with a South Dakotan arthouse version of Heathers. The music is iconic and the cinematography is beautiful. Not quite to the revolutionary level of The Tree of Life, but also far more straightforward in plot/performances.
Spacek and Sheen (and with both making their breakthroughs here) are marvelous, but the real spotlight here was the incoming talent of Malick. The influence the mysterious director has had on many great filmmakers is undeniable, whether it be visually or aurally. The editing in the films I've seen of his are some of the best to this day. Even if for some, it may be a bit meandering.
Not quite perfect, but a great take on a Bonnie and Clyde type tale, or a more "mature" Moonrise Kingdom.
"Love, love is strange/ Lots of people take it for a game."