Critic Review - Observer [UK]

Within its ambition to convey the meaning of life, The Tree of Life is also boring, cliched and banal.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (17)
Observer [UK]

Comments

Jennifer H.

Jennifer Higgins

Could not agree more.

Jul 22 - 04:53 PM

jan h.

jan hurd

I agree. It's a load of pretension masquerading as meaningful film-making and I'm not fooled. The endless beach walk at the end, the staring into space or each other, the goody dinosaur deciding not to the eat the smaller one, the sometimes really annoying music--it all adds up to one guy's spiritual vision which is no more interesting than mine.

If he'd made an entire movie about the family alone it would have been much more interesting.

Jul 23 - 05:24 PM

Suse E.

Suse Engler

very true!

Jul 26 - 02:42 AM

Sue Beal

Sue Beal

Why does Hollywood want to foist there symbolic boring views on the inane public. What do I know I am old and sick and tired of paying to see someones depressing art. The music gave me and the others who I was with a major headache. These kind of movies always get the four star treatment. While uplifting stories with a moral goodness get the can. I am sorry but his movie was a waste of my time.

Jul 27 - 09:25 PM

Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson

I cannot believe someone actually logged in to make this comment since the largest majority of flims are big, dumb, loud, and written for 10 year olds to understand... this film is not for the same people who enjoy TF 3 or think that foreign films are too much work and black and films are lame because they are old.

One doesn't have to like a film to respect it... calling a film a "load of pretension" usually means "I'm not intelligent enough to understand it and don't have the time to be bothered with it"

Sep 21 - 06:38 AM

ame2468

Amy Cole

In a word: annoying. In two: annoying and condescending.

Jul 31 - 08:22 AM

Seb Moore

Seb Moore

All you guys are so close-minded. Malicks touching on something that no filmmaker has even attempted to do before. I personally don't love the film but I love it's ambiton. No one told you to see this film, all of the reviews of this film have blatantly pointed out that you should watch this film very open-mindedly and let the experience wash over you. This review is good and explains why he didn't like it but you commenters don't sound like you even gave the film a chance!

Aug 1 - 03:56 AM

Lourenco L.

Lourenco Leite

"close-minded" thats a way to put things quickly straight.
thats the true and people who dont get it dont be ashamed and dont get hating on it, many people have differente levels of romancism/sensability. Thats good!, most people who get this (sometimes badly) world on running, cant be romancsits or have to much sensibility

Oct 20 - 02:49 PM

Don Urban

Don Urban

How can an original film be cliched?

Aug 22 - 01:41 AM

AHungerArtist

ahungerartist ahungerartist

"Malicks touching on something that no filmmaker has even attempted to do before."

"How can an original film be cliched?"

These comments are so unbelievably laughable. Unless you want to get very specific, Malick is hardly the first to touch on some of these themes and not the first to do it in an abstract, non-linear way. Jan H. summed it up: "One guy's spiritual vision which is no more interesting than mine."

The sad things i, I absolutely love The Thin Red Line. I have a poster of it signed by all the primary actors hanging on my wall. His first two films were good and I enjoyed The New World to a lesser degree so I don't need to hear the oft used retort of "You don't know how to watch a Malick film". That the Tree of Life was so terrible was utterly disappointing to me. There was no film I was more looking forward to it and I walked out of the theater mocking it.

Sep 1 - 04:04 PM

Dictator Fred

Dictator Fred

The Tree of Life is a very original movie, and it's definately not cliched. However, I still hate this movie with the passion of 1000 blazin' suns! This is the boring movie to end all boring movies, the only thing I can think of that makes Benjamin Button seem somewhat entertaining!

Sep 7 - 04:53 PM

Andrea Zomber

Andrea Zomber

I agree that the Tree eclipses even Benjamin Button in its lugubrious banality enshrouded in quasi-religious imagery.

Oct 30 - 07:28 PM

Ronald Saw

Ronald Saw

"Tree of life" is basically just like "Transformer: The Dark of the Moon" - a 2hr long barrage of visual porn strung together by a scribble barely passable as a script and a story that makes no sense what so ever.

Sep 24 - 11:29 AM

David Fitzhugh

David Fitzhugh

These posts are all to kind. The "movie" just plain sucks.

Sep 25 - 09:56 AM

Lourenco L.

Lourenco Leite

grow (brain)(consciously) up, bu then woull probably understand the movie

Oct 20 - 02:44 PM

Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen

All you need to know is that the film begins with a flickering flame and ends with that image. Everything else in the film is merely a consequence of a director who took the worst script in the world and drenched it in images and requiems for over two hours of tedium. Study Taoism, read the Tibetan Book of the Dead, get still photos from NASA, remember Carl Sagan and do your best not to be furious at Malick's masturbatory cliche of the century. The film critics don't understand Picasso . Cannes should be embarrassed. I was. Utterly childish.

Oct 28 - 11:43 AM

Cole Jaeger

Cole Jaeger

HOW is ANYTHING in this movie CHICHED?

Dec 11 - 06:48 PM

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