The Tree of Life Reviews
120 minutes of shots of leaves and trees and sunlight and waves
2 minutes of dinosaurs
It's hard to grasp the message and proposal of "The Tree of Life," but its acting, story, visual style, and musical score make for an interesting trip.
We sit for 2 hours and follow Jack, a young child growing up in a dysfunctional house with Brad Pitt playing (extremely well) his strict and overwhelming father in the 1950s. The story feels inspired by the likes of '2001: A Space Odyssey' and the art-house feel of Von Trier, but despite this, 'The Tree of Life' has its own unique and bold style that works well in creating a haunting and emotional visual treat, accompanied with fantastic performances from Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain and stunning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki. 'The Tree of Life' is a bold and epic exercise from Malick that acts as a commentary on our society, a truly rewarding view.
The very slow pace isn't a defect, combined with a great soundtrack.