The Tree of Life Reviews
The Tree of Life is a jumbled mess of footage from 2001 A Space Odyssey, to some family from Texas. Why do i need to see the creation of the universe and life to understand the hardship of a 1950's family? I don't know. Why should i care about anything that happens to these people when the lack of any kind of narrative, or structure robs me of understanding why i'm watching them in the first place? I don't know. Why does Sean Penn show up like 5 times for completely pointless scenes that have nothing to do with anything? I don't know. What was the ending? I don't know.
This is literally all this movie is. Footage without any kind of cohesion that insists that its greater than it is. But it's nothing. It does nothing, it shows nothing, it says nothing, it's a great big beautiful spectacle of nothing.
The Tree Of Life
There hardly will be any other feature that celebrates nature, humanity and emotions through cinematography to this excellency that it literally needs no word. The Tree Of Life defines humanity and preaches the depth, innocence and darkness of it which ranges in wider regions on narrow perspectives all of it resulting into offering some of the best of 2 hours of your life and leaving you wiser. Terrence Malick whispers soul into each and every frame and executes his script from paper to screen like never before and raises the bar of execution, editing and specificity of it. Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain are amazing in it with supporting cast like Sean Penn but the real essence of the feature are the kids. The Tree Of Life has a thought provoking concept and more importantly its projection which along with the help of stellar performances, exhilarating background score and unusual script antes up a game for the drama genre.
and considering how it stacked up during the OSCARS Terrence Malick's approach is something to analyze very closely
this is one of those soul-searching, thinking man's films centering on a beloved family and focusing on the son all grown-up pondering the universe, its meaning and its existence as a whole
I love Brad Pitt as the stern, disciplined father, Jessica Chastain as the ever-loving mother, and Sean Penn as the adult version of the most troubled member of the family looking back to see where and how he got to where he is
keep in mind this film isn't for the most impatient of viewers as it is very long and the narrative isn't very streamlined
that'll definitely be challenging for most but those with enough of just sitting down and deconstruct the film's vision it's worth it
the shots are beautiful, the music is very operatic, and the actors do work with what little they have to actually say
the thing about life is that it's an entire tree of our existence in the universe; the smallest beginning point can lead to the biggest conclusions
we're born, we live, we die, we go on and so forth while the rest of the universe is ever-changing
Terrence Malick has a knack for the mindbending and unusual but it's still a creative style