The Knight of Cups | Movie | Terrence Malick

Published by Alison Cross on

Well, it’s not every day that someone takes their inspiration for a film title from a Tarot card – especially a Court  Card.  And obviously, as a Tarot blog that focuses on court cards, I couldn’t let it pass.
What do I think of the trailer?
I have to say, the trailer contents look a bit more Knight of Wands – Someone who doesn’t like to hang around in the same old relationship. He’s constantly questing looking for New Stuff – new sexual experiences, new conquests.  
Who is the Knight of Cups?
The Knight of Cups is someone who is into romance and the idea of love, not the blood-and-guts hard work of a real relationship.  He’s on a quest to find the Holy Grail – in the case of this film – his Grail is the man that he should have been. 
He stands and sings love songs (self-composed) beneath your window at 2am and then taps you for cash because he’s forgotten to fill his car up with fuel.
He’s Orpheus who theatrically turns back to look at Euridice at the last moment, consigning her to Hades for eternity, but getting himself a ton of great material for songs in the process.  It’s all about him and how HE feels, not about you.
But trailers can be misleading and so the main Christian Bale character might be a perfect Knight of Cups.
I’m sure that I’ll watch it on Netflix.
One of the review sites, Inquistr, illustrates their review with this guy:
Whom we all know and love.
US Games could do pretty well out of this movie if this guy becomes the image associated with the title!   
What do you think of the Knight of Cups as a person?

Alison Cross

The Tarot's Court Cards are my specialist area.  They talk to me. Not LITERALLY though ....

2 Comments

Anonymous · 18th December 2014 at 6:15 pm

I completely agree. I totally got Knight of Wands from the trailer, but who knows how the film will actually be.

The Knight of Cups for me is sentimental, he wears his heart on his sleeve. He leads with his emotions and can get pretty fixated on his object of desire, so he can be one track minded in that way. He's not the most practical, so yes he might very well forget to fill up the gas tank. 🙂
-Sarah Dawn

    Alison Cross · 18th December 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Like your observations on the Knight of Cups, Sarah!

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