Published at Aesthetics of the Mind:
A spectacular audio-visual experience lensed through a catholic-agnostic viewpoint with Brad Pitt’s voice over assuming humanity’s deepest yearnings, wonderment, and faithful ignorance...
....even if we cannot personally relate to all its exposition.
80/100 – Great.
This ambitious and fascinating film from Terrence Malick is an astounding experience especially in the immersive nature of an IMAX domed theatre. Some will write this off as a mini 'Tree of Life' knockoff but this tonal poem is indeed a separate experience with a separate intent. Looking forward to seeing the longer version on release as well. Beautiful imagery; thoughtful ponderings; masterful direction.
["Ultra Widescreen" version, no narration] I wasn't able to see the true IMAX version with Pitt narration, so I'm not able to compare the two. I see potential benefits to either version, with the narration perhaps adding a spiritual element that is less overtly apparent when the (awe-inspiring) images are left to speak for themselves. Malick is said to prefer the VO-less version, at least in the IMAX cut ...
This is not The Tree of Life Leftovers, this is a whole new film that only Malick could dream of doing. Although I missed the first 5 minutes, the 90% of I did get to see was an incredible experience. This film will live in IMAX science and student centers forever. Only Malick could make a film of with this level of ambition. While it stands alone as an educational piece, this is a Malick film through and through.