From Newsweek’s 2012 Oscar Roundtable.
It is rare to have an actor speak critically of a former director in public – not to trash talk but offer insights in place of the lip-service typical of press interviews. What’s more, Plummer offers a nuanced criticism of Malick’s work: strong visuals/ weak writing. It has been and continues to be Malick’s achilles heel. That his writing is less than remarkable is evident when noting the praise received for his work, which focuses largely on its grandiose visual style. It is his films most distinguishing characteristic and as David Mamet tells us, when one speaks of a film’s “camera work” or “photography” what they really mean is the script is lacking.