I hope Gus Van Sant got a lot of money for making this sentimental piece of life affirming kitsch. Otherwise I can’t understand how a director of his rank ended up accepting this work. Sure, the production values are good, acting’s professional etc., but nothing can justify yet another emotion milking story of a westener looking for the meaning of life in the Orient. Avoid at all cost if you’re a fan of Gus Van Sant.
there're too many strange,funny happenings (ideas from sponsors ?lol) ..but I like this philosophy,rule that they wanted to give a shape.not a superficial ,but undercurrent one,which kept me till the ending.something links to a life,like synchronicity and reality,we feel momentary,but go on living without answers.to make film with such subtle things is interesting at least.
Well, I went looking for another Gus Van Sant film. And found something else. Still unsure what it was. But it was good cinema. And a lot of healing going on. Usually Van Sant's "camera" seems a lot more impartial. Not that his movies are not committed, or lack direction. Not at all. But as a viewer, I seem to have a lot more space to dive in. And here, the lead character, his view, dominates, in a "classical" way.
2.5 It's not a great movie, but it's...ok. I don't get the hate though, sinceI can't say I hate it but it's just predictable and fell flat. There are parts where the film could have gone some other way to make it interesting, but nope, it just stayed mediocre. Nitpicky, maybe, but I've never met a single Japanese who readily speaks English like the characters here, even if they are fluent.
Gus Van Sant's latest career slump continues and this is probably the worst of all his films. The Sea of Trees seems like a bad parody of a genuine film about grief. It is crass, exploitative, contrived and full of the laziest emotional shortcuts. As for the supposedly devastating twist, I have to admit I laughed out loud. Not even New Age kooks will find this tripe inspiring.
Huge disappointment. One of my most anticipated films in the past years; Mcconaughey and suicide - V2 sounded promising, but it isn’t much of an existential work, and turns into some adventure/survival tale. Van sant used to have some nice form in his early years; but these days his form and feel is worthless. Not a director of much worth these days, and it is sad to see filmmakers descend like this.