look the dinosaurs weren't that bad okay?
This is a cathartic experience for me.
The Tree of Life was aptly labeled by someone as "one of the most subjective films out there" - and I'd tend to agree. The film is largely impressionistic, existential, and incredibly ambitious. With every film like this, there's bound to be people who aren't as taken with the beauty depicted onscreen. Everyone finds beauty in different things, so it makes sense. For me, this is a piece of indescribable wonder and a…
Three stars makes it seem like I think this is an average film. It isn't by any stretch of Malick's considerable imagination. It's a fascinating work that is visually spectacular with strong performances and some big ideas. However, the fragmentation was both alienating and absorbing in equal measure so I can't quite decide how I feel about the film just yet. Three stars represents me sitting very much on the fence; another watch is required.
As a piece of art this movie could be quite lovely. The visual images are stunning, and...oh forget it, who am I kidding! I can't pretend this piece artsy-fartsy nonsense has any redeeming value for me. This was the final film in my goal to see all the 2012 best picture Oscar nominees. Sadly this one was hard to track down and I actually paid more to see this one than most of the other films. I was ripped off…
One of the best movies of the year. How can a film be so personal yet so universal? Some say Terrence Malick's reach is beyond his grasp, but at least he attempts things few writer-directors ever even consider. This film is a work of art in a world of corporate cookie-cutter movie-making. Don't watch it looking for a story. It's a slice of life in a universe of lives. Allow it to carry you beyond your own existence.
An ambitious portrayal of the plight of existence over the course of billions of years in a simple two hour movie rivaling cinematic achievements such as Enigma's music video "Return To Innocence" or ICP's "Miracles".
There is nothing wrong with pretentious...
it's just that this was overly pretentious. Terrence Malick really missed his calling. He should direct short commercials for cars and other luxury products, wherein he can insert beautiful imagery that has little to do with the actual product that is being offered. At its core The Tree of Life is a 50 minute short on family life in the 50s, with a great cast and good cinematography. The son's utter hatred of his…
The audacity of Mallick's achievement in The Tree of Life blows me away. Bringing together the spiritual, the personal, the physical and the metaphysical, it goes places that no other film has ever gone. The director's affectations, which in other of his films has seem contrived and sometimes even silly, here is perfectly tempered and appropriate to the expansive narrative. Add to that the inspired cinematography and a beautiful, in-your-face score that makes brooding, elegiac classical music seem cool again, and it all add up to a masterpiece for the ages.
A journey into the eternal.
Malick's style is poetry, his cuts like butter. Every shot has its place, every frame resonates with love and care. The most delicate filmmaking of all time.
The mold is shattered. History is inspired anew.
So much has been written about this film on this site, and some of the reviews alone inspire awe and reverence. I wish not to detract from them, rather I would…
Saw this a week ago and still haven’t really wrapped my head around it but damn what an experience. Probably my favourite movie of the year (seriously, seeing Melancholia, then Drive, then this, all in a row, each one topping the last, each one amazing in its own different way, 2011… what a year so far!).
Jessica Chastain’s ‘Mother’ in this has to be one of the most memorable characters in all of film, for me, which is a lofty…
Stylistic and impressionistic, this is a beautiful film to watch... but for me it just didn't establish the emotional connection that so many other people experienced. Malick is undeniably talented, and I admire everything he's done up to this point so I may have to blame this one on myself, perhaps I just wasn't in a receptive mood when I watched it. One specific problem I had was a pronounced disconnect between the child Jack (Hunter McCracken) and the adult…