cannot agree with you on this one.
i wholeheartedly stand behind this outstanding work of film. i was completely awe-struck for like half an hour after i walked out the theater. one of my best cinematic experiences.. this film dares to go to great lengths to reach the medium's potential, and it doesn't fail in doing so
Pure cinema but overrated. Disappears up Malick's rectum quickly: inside which the patterns of the cosmos are revealed...Oooh, and all our rectum's have the cosmos inside. Stick your head up your arse and see.
The film of Terrence Mallick changes my vision of the cinema. "The Tree of life" is a visual poem, a plethora of beatiful images (Emmanuel Luzbeki gives the most amazing cinematography that i saw in many year sin cenema) with a philosophic reflexion to the viewer. The work of Jessica Chanstain and Brad Pitt, in excellents perfomances, represents perfectly the ideas of the Grace and the Love that Mallick have.
Third time through this one, and I'm increasingly fixated on those dinosaurs as key to the whole darn thing.
The film had none of the subtlety or complexity the story might have had for the themes it attempted to present. It's like a Hallmark card with high production values. I'll take Chris Marker. He can communicate profound truths about human existence without resorting to pink pegs, blue pegs, lava flows and ridiculous cartoon dinosaurs.
My mention of the Bechdel test was off the cuff. It certainly doesn't have relevance for many films. Nonetheless, I disagree that this film was clear about the failure of patriarchy. It was a reification of a binary view of the world. A struggle between the masculine assertive, overbearing, constructor, and the loose, flowing, "love every thing", feminine. It is a base distortion of "christian" values as offered up by the men of the cloth.
I suppose you have touched the heart of my bias and why I don't find this film moving or interesting. The grown-up boy does not offer any deeper or more nuanced alternative to that 50's world view. In fact, reflecting upon it seems to be his way of making sense or coming to terms with the cycle of life and death. To use a title like Tree of Life and suggest transcendent themes, yet still fall back on such a simple l-o-v-e vs h-a-t-e struggle is a dangerous way of thinking when our world is becoming more and more complex.
I've watched this movie a long time ago and, as far as days go by, i just keep discovering more and more metaphors on it. This is an absolute perfection, Malick really is a poet !
i watched this in a room full of people, and watched them all, one by one, become completely entranced. none of them were blinking, pretty sure some of them were holding their breath. i was just sort of like YEAH ANYONE WANT ANYTHING TO DRINK