Malick is NOT a disciple of Kubrick. Stanley was an intellectual and his films don't really go beyond that (and they're decidedly cold). Malick is a philosopher and poet. And to think that there's only one way to tell a story, shows some of you know nothing about the art of creating. If you want paint-by-numbers, see a Ron Howard movie.
You can see my review at: http://tinyurl.com/3qu4nx8