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I agree with most of the 1/2/3 star reviews, here's my spin.
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2020
It was a shame to have some great cast members totally wasted in an incoherent story, John Malkovich in particular. I love a good "art house"/indy film, but this is not it. See "Melancholia" instead, if you haven't already.
The cinematography was amazing, particularly the nature scenes. Writing/story/dialog... not at all amazing. I could cite examples, but they might spoil some aspects of the film for you if you do rent/buy it so I won't.
It seems to me that the main creative team, probably primarily the Director, was trying to create something akin to one of Stanley Kubrick's "stranger" films. I point to the fact that Keir Dullea (from "2001: A Space Odyssey") played a semi-key role in this film as a minor nod in that direction. This film is nothing like Kubrick _unless_ you've watched a Kubrick film and left confused. VotG has confusion in spades with hot fudge on top.
I wanted to like it, I tried to like it. I didn't like it. Now if I can only convince my wife to not divorce me for making her watch it with me, life will be grand.