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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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.
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.
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...
i think it deserves 10 stars. i dont know if i was lame, but i sobbed at the scene where they all meet again, although i very much disliked the dinosaurs, everything else seemed perfect, absolutely beautiful cinematography and the music. i like how they hardly spoke with words, and more with their eyes. CHASTAIN FTW.
Saw it in theater and reserved judgment as far as trying to comment on or rate it. Watched it for a second time today on blu-ray...still not sure I can fully put thoughts into words. What I do know is that I cannot get the movie out of my head and I keep replaying it over and over again. That, to me, is the mark of an amazing movie experience. Is it Malick's best? Only time will tell, but it's incredible.