Jo 🌈’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm not big on war films personally. Turning actual events and actual tragedies into a spectacle doesn't sit right with me but I really enjoyed a particular aspect to this film.
I loved how this film portrays the way war affects nature just as much as it does for the human characters. We see the effects that the explosions leave on the environment and how the animals react to it. There are constant shots of animals like bats, snakes and crocodiles bearing witness to the destruction. Almost like Nature vs. Human nature. I particularly loved it's opening scene with the crocodile living in peace to then see it later tied up and in distress.
Something I have issue with when it comes to Terrence Malick is that he prefers to poetically narrate what is happening rather than utilizing acting from his actors. Telling rather than showing, not so much here but I noticed it in A Hidden Life. I could have done without some of the narrating but I think it worked in here pretty well for the most part.