Summary: What is The Tree of Life? It's a celebration of life. It's a prayer to the one who creates all things. It's a hymn of reality about both the good and evil in the world. It's a reminder of who we are and where we come from. A true poetic masterpiece. One of the best films of 2011. Shoutout to the beautiful city of Waco, TX. City of my birth and hometown of director Terrence Malick.
Excerpt: Guess who got snubbed for Best Director. Terrence Malick has proven himself to be a very unaccountable director. He never does interviews, barely ever lets himself be seen in public, and he makes strange editing decisions, often editing the majority of an actor's performance out of the movie… And with The Tree of Life, he yet again delivers something baffling.
Excerpt: The Tree of Life is one of those films that you either love or hate - there is no middle ground. It questions the existence of God and shows the truly important things in life in a way that makes the viewer search for the answers himself - but they are hidden in plain sight. The film itself is about Sean Penn's character who remembers his childhood after he learns that his younger brother has died, trying to say goodbye when it is too late.
Summary: A drama of life in totality. A film seeking, questioning, and surrendering life to God. This follows a story of a family who could have seen life entirely. *** I rarely appreciate movie like this. Few dialogues. Shots coming from nowhere. Very quiet and yes, boring. But this film is different! Who would not be satisfied on performances of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain? Who would not be hooked on this argument of life, God, and Science?
Excerpt: I wish I liked this but I didn't. I like a film that makes me think and even better, one that makes me either see the world differently or change my viewpoint on something. I hesitate to make assumptions on the aims and objectives of writer, director or producer on this one and can only say that I I loathed it! Despite huge ambition, the metaphysics failed to awe and the story arc failed to move me.
Summary: I'm just gling to lay it out there. I didn't get this movie. It reminded me of a 2011 version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. My wife tried to explain to me that the middle child, the who is killed, is supposed to be Jesus. I still don't get it. Maybe someone can explain it to me. The cinematography is beautiful, though.
Summary: The film looks great - beautiful imagery, great use of light, intimate detail - yet for all that beauty, it just left me scratching my head (and nodding off). Terrence Malick certainly had a vision, but his world and mine just don't mix and I can see why this film is so polarizing to audiences.
Summary: "I want to make a movie and win an Oscar. Let's throw in a non-linear story with minimal dialog and no true intent, grandeur music to contemplate the meaning of life, and show artistic cut scenes of the landscape of Earth, and hell, why not throw in some evolution of the universe and dinosaurs. Then I'll call it "Artistic", and get the attention I deserve.
Excerpt: The best part comes when the origin of universe is compared to human life and depicting that love is most important thing in the universe. Along with the effective narration is the soul stirring score from Alexander Desplat. The cinematography and camera work during the formation of universe was exceptionally brilliant. The Tree of Life is written and directed by Terrence Malick. Fox searchlight and river road distributes it.