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.
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.