After years of hearing nothing but bad things about this film, I finally decided to take the plunge after being a fan of Malick's previous work; Badlands and The Thin Red Line. I don't think I've ever come across a film that has resonated with me so much. I can't say I completely relate to the story, but it just felt so perfect and really touched me. A film that transcends the medium. Utterly breathtaking.
The Tree of Life is one of the most visually stunning films ever produced with the incredible cinematography being backed up by excellent and original storytelling. The abstract and experminetal style may be enough to put some people off if it is not expected, but if you stick with the film enough to pick up on some of the subtleties and metaphor you will be rewarded with one of the best spiritual films to date.
I think the first half is magnificent but once Malick introduces the gun subplot, the film just falls apart and becomes a tedious and portentous mess. And why is Sean Penn in this movie? They should've structured the film entirely around Jessica Chastain's mother.Also the ending is a complete cop-out for anyone who isn't religious.It's so optimistic that you could basically read it off as a life insurance commercial.
Malick's masterpiece, a stunningly profound visual poem, wants for nothing. In a film that stretches from the very formation of the universe, one infinitesimal life encapsulates the entirety of human existence. Breathtaking in its visuals and music, this daringly modern symphony of emotion resonated on a personal level like no other film I have seen.