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 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.
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.
Terence Malick knows how to film dinosaurs and children better than anybody :-) Frankly that might sound weird, but the film is just stunning in how it captures everything delicately and intimately, from the visual sceneries and little motions, to the moods that agitate the character's minds.
There is also one shot with a flock of starlings that is a film by itself, and makes the film worth to see just for that.