Leonard: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?
Slow paced and full of visual imagery, The Tree of Life is a stunningly original feat in film. Malick's film works on numerous levels of interpretation, from a simple tale about growing up to existential ideas. There is no doubt that the film is aesthetically beautiful, with its images and Lubezki's masterful cinematography, but praise must go to Brad Pitt for one of his best performances to date. The Tree of Life is well worth a watch, simply because it is a feat in what a film can be: a reminder that a successful film can still be art and mean something.