A staggering heartbreaking lyrical transcendental meditation on the origins of creation and destruction. Watch it and rejoice in the beauty and splendor of life. Criticism leveled at Malicks provincialism is wholly misdirected. The man poured his soul into this. This film should be beamed out into the cosmos as a testament to the beauty and splendor of Earth and its inhabitants! Too much? Watch it and weep.
Malick's attempt at rationalizing the importance of life in relation to our cosmos is, by its goal, doomed to be pretentious as hell. (After all, this film uses dinosaurs to show God's Grace.) So it is a bipolar experience: when we focus on family & character, it is one of the most rewarding in recent memory. When we have spiritual narration over candles & send Sean Penn to heaven, it feels like a disaster.
Quite possibly the most poetic film I've ever seen. The kind of film you admire but can’t quite love. The swirling cinematography and ingenious visual effects create a heightened mood that is at once intimate and sprawling, alternatively calling up stillness, euphoria, or profound unease. Which I think perfectly captures the human experience.
TTOL is a radiantly boastful yet piercingly humble look at the universe and all of her parts through the visual exploration of creation, both on a cosmic and micro scale. Yet, if not more important than creation, the film is about loss; the loss of family, identity and innocence. Malick's poetic vision is grand in scale but rich in detail. Symbolism, metaphor and allusion are all rife in this cinematic masterpiece.
very different style and a lot of aesthetics which is great, but I am not sure if I am a fan of Terrence Malicks movies. I might have to watch this one again some time. overall the ethereal style and "interesting" shots are just too much, as well as the voice-overs are bonderline annoying. I liked this one more than "to the wonder" for sure. The scenes of the universe are really beautiful.