Fittingly, Roger Ebert's last movie review was of a film he thoroughly enjoyed. The esteemed critic died Thursday at age 70, and his longtime employer, the Chicago Sun-Times published his final review in Sunday's paper. Appropriately enough for the critic who so loved film, it was a good one -- three-and-a-half stars.
Ebert's final review is of "To the Wonder," a romantic drama from director Terrence Malick and starring Ben Affleck.
Wrote Ebert at the end of his review, "There will be many who find 'To the Wonder' elusive and too effervescent. They'll be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand that, and I think Terrence Malick does, too. But here he has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need."
At least one fan found the choice of film poignant considering the circumstances.
"As unfortunate as it is to read this last review by Ebert, I cannot help but think that he couldn't have picked a better review to leave us with," wrote Taylor Spangler on the Sun-Times site. "I mean: love, life, and movies...the big stuff is all here. I hope to catch this movie, and one last time reread Ebert's review and try and gain further insight into the film, the art form, and of course the mind of Roger Ebert."
Chris Ward agreed, writing, "I believe it beautiful and fitting that this was Mr. Ebert's last filed review, and not a sequel to, say, 'North.' The balcony is closed."