Matt's Review of The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life(2011)
I don't think there was a single minute of this 2+ hour epic in which I was not at least a little bit confused. Yet, I'd be hardpressed to find a movie more visually stunning and thought-provoking in recent memory.
Now, this movie is not for everyone. Upon first glance, "Tree of Life" doesn't seem to have much going for it: It is extremely complicated and can be frustrating to watch. It is, at times, slow. The characters have no introductions and follow no conceivable narrative. Oh, and it has Sean Penn. But all that aside, I was amazed at how well this movie was put together. Some of the best cinematography I have ever seen, coupled with deep themes and a surprisingly strong performance by Brad Pitt make this film a true piece of art. It is a celebration of Life, love, and the small things in life; and it reminds us not to take anything for granted. In the end, this complex and cinematic (albeit very strange) journey accomplishes what it set out to do: as you walk out the theater, it will have you scratching your head and actually THINKING... Who said ALL movies these days had to be dumb?