The life journey of the eldest son of a Midwestern family. From the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years where he struggles to make sense of the past. In a quest for meaning he questions the origins of life and the existence of faith.
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A beautiful movie that ends up being a victim of its own trap. It's too pretentious in its ambitions to discuss the meaning of life and the existence of God. It's hard to dive into those subjects without falling into clichés and kitschy sequences, and The Tree of Life is no exception, unfortunately.
I was constantly switching between love and hate while watching this movie. It was really poignant but I couldn't help sighing a few times. There are scenes that are clearly superfluous and turgid; so much so that they diminished the power of the film as a whole. I think it's a pity.
It is a strange film and I guess people expected more plot development given the fact that it is released in mainstream theaters with renowned actors. Perhaps Malick wants us to contemplate and comprehend its visual experience. Personally, it is a visually poetic film. A profound and spiritual examination of human existence.
Ok, so I have seen this movie like 5 times now. What I admire the most about "The Tree of Life" is its shear ambition. What sort of movie sets up to tell the story of all human life? And succeeds (in my view) in doing so? From the Big Bang to our Death: the cinematography, soundtrack, storyline and actors make this masterpiece something that transcends the limits of storytelling and moviemaking. Malick is legendary!
Midwestern American spirituality. The grand prize at Cannes? I think those judges did it just to irritate Lars von Trier, whose competing film was so much better, but they didn't like his hitler jokes at a press conference. Give the guy a break, he's a brilliant wacko. Malick is a hayseed.
There are very few contemporary American films I would call "profound" but this is one of them. Malick's reach may exceed his grasp, but he is striving to encapsulate no less than love, life, death, and the universe itself. This is a film you have to let your defenses down for. If you do, it might just make you look at people, animals, and the elements with new eyes after the credits roll.
for all the love i have for national geographic and nasa photography, i don't think that is enough to make a good film. for the fans of those two, and, additionally,of phillips, kodak, dove, orange, etc. commercials aficionados, this is a must. plus, i remember paternal rigidity translating in special addressing formulas was deemed"domestic fascism" in other films, but this flic escaped the labeling.
I loved this film... but... I have the feeling that many people around here who are praising Malick as if he had invented "the wheel" in cinema have not watched Tarkovsky's The Mirror, Solyaris and Ivan's Childhood. Malick has taken Tarkovsky's most iconic images and has made his homage to one of the greatest film makers ever. Give praise where praise is due...