Oh please... even if you thought the film was more boring than watching paint dry, I don't see how you could generate a response such as "meh". The film is far too ambitious and technically impressive for such a response.
A transcendent masterpiece to be read as one would read a great poem. A bottomless well of love for existence. Be consumed by it and you will be subtly, irrevocably changed.
The creation sequence I could handle since it's early on and I just push it out of my mind once the actual story starts, but the last ten minutes of this movie is just horrendous. Everything else is so excellently done; why ruin things like that?
I honestly have no idea if I like this movie or not. It's different, but shot beautifully. It doesn't go anywhere but I've never felt more connected to characters in a movie. I smiled almost the entire time but wondered when it would end. I wanted it to end, then it ended and I wanted more. I've never been more confused about a movie, yet so clear at the same time.
I actually didn't think it was that boring. I responded the way I did because all of the reviews I've read for this say how amazing it is, how it will change the world you see around you after viewing it. While you're right it was "ambitious and technically impressive", I just failed to personally connect with it. I think I'm gonna go watch Days of Heaven now, a Malick film I much prefer.
While watching this film I was constantly reminded of Zerkalo, a much more well-rounded work in my opinion. Malick goes for impressions and glimpses of life and memories as well as for the big scope. Though I was entranced with the beautiful imagery (even in the 'beginning of the universe' segment), this movie left me feeling like there's something missing that Zerkalo did have that made it a truly major experience.
The pseudo-autobiographical narration of mid-class family in the 50 intertwined with directors “Intuitions” about filmmaking results in such vast beauty that makes European modernists best efforts look like kindergarten painting. It tops my list of 2012 and it is – with all due respect to numerous maestros of cinema – best film of the new century.
If Craziness ever had any value to any art form, Terrence Malick`s metaphysical masterpiece championed it all the way in cinema. Emerging as a new controversial subject of fashionable world`s chitchat The Tree of Life puzzled cinephiles as much as normal moviegoers, and going to become as a new criteria for philosophical filmmaking.
I guess the idea is that what happens now is an direct outcome of the accumulation of "everything" that has happened in the past. very ambitious in it's attempt to explain nothing less than the cosmos itself. it will probably be remembered as something great..
2001: a space odyssey + the rights of spring sequence of fantasia + elements from just about every lars von trier movie = WHEN THE FUCK IS THIS GOING TO BE OVER the blonde kid was cute though
visully stunning? It felt like a blend of high end TV commericals and Ralph Lauren print ads. I sat thru this film as a challenge and was not rewarded. Only the father son relationship kept me watching. Philosophy is for the written word. I was a Malick fan UNTIL this film.
Many directors make duds but this one struck me as overly pretensious and boring. All the ideas in the world don't make for good drama. Probably years before he cranks out another I suspect. I loved Badlands, liked The Thin Red Line but that's about it, so not like I'm abandoning someone with a large body of work. thanks for the feedback tho.
Having watched this three times now (all on the big screen) and I can safely say this is one of the best films ever imo. Encapsulates everything.
"Tree of Life" is not only a movie. It is a mirror of nature, what nature created is humanity, what human created is religion and praying for nature and themselves. Surprisingly, before I watched it, I also thought this movie is religionist, and try to make us believe what director believes. but NO... Malick gave us a movie about life. remember: life is our choices, and we chose to build humanity.
If we did not, we would not survive anymore. Everyone die, some of us chose to believe something, some of us didn't have chance to survive, some of us killed themselves but everyone left something behind, because human kind is still alive. So surprisingly as hell, our humanity follows us, like we are god. If some day we give a try to destroy our humanity and our tree of life, yeah we may do it. WE can do it. WE are making choices all the time.
So many reviewers put this film down as pretentious, self absorbed, preachy, or bash it as being incoherent long mess but i don't see that. All great art asks questions rather than answers them. This film is like Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. He created a completely new space to fall into. Like Tarkovsky, Bresson,and Fellini before him..He made a film for himself. The audience just had the honor of seeing it.
Totally agree. this is one of the best films of the year, and possibly of the new decade. It's so beautifully shot, elegantly scripted, and has some of the most enriching and ambitious shots in recent film. Absolutely loved the soft narration that could raise hairs on your neck, next to the majestic landscapes. It is long, and is a lot to take in, but it will change your mood for the entire day. Very few films do that so well.
Uhh............ salaway I didnt mean this film was made for him to keep in his closet for only him to peak at. I meant he didnt compromise a single hair on his body with this one. Meaning he wasnt catering to the audience tossing them easy to take.in fast food cheese burgers. He basically made a film for himself and hoped an audience would like it...the same can be said for well..a lot of directors who choose art over entertainment. How is that even insulting you freak