that dinosaur scene omg. my brain explode in cerebral (devoid of emotion) satisfaction. that scene was in same vein as HG Wells TimeMachine book: "might seen black thing in the water". To cuddle in the comfort and wonder of knowing there is almost infinite number of "moments" that have happened in the history of whatever this thing is, feels amazing..makes me love life as well as not give a fuuuk. movieSpecialcuzThat
Moved me more than any other film when I first saw it and still has the same effect now. There's so much that can be said about it, it's difficult to begin somewhere. The fact that Malick is tackling these big questions at all makes him a great artist, whether you view him as didactic or not. Regardless, one of the most beautiful, compassionate, empathetic films ever made.
I don't think it's striving to make a profound statement, just a personal one. What we have is Malick wandering through scenes of his own childhood. A first person reflection, like Tarkovsky's Mirror , where the loss of his two brothers & his own physical & spiritual disconnection from past & present propels the whole thing. Malick finds a new cinematic language in the combination of sound & image. A miraculous work.
What Malick is trying to achieve is daring and this film has greatness in it. The characters are beautifully written and the way he captures "life" is inspiring. However, the film is indulgent to a fault, filled with cheap "philosophy" and Malick's quasi-religious world view is forced on the viewer at every chance. Looks pretty and feels grand but it's very insubstantial. Worth watching for the inspiring form.