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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I would have to say...the most beautiful film I have ever seen. Demands a second viewing. And a third. A fourth, a fifth....It's breathtaking, seeing the world through Malick's eyes. Seeing the passion and hurt of a young boy. Pitt, Chastain, McCracken -- all incredible. Five Stars, hands down.
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.
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 don't get people calling it as a "masterpiece" when it felt like nothing more than a very, very beautiful screensaver playing on. it didn't lead me to any interpretation, questioning, theory, whatever. in a matter of beautifully shoot movies there are tons and tons of it. it's beautiful and that's all. give my two hours back.
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.