I had just watched this movie completely cold a couple of days ago. I knew nothing about the plot, background, actors. Only that it's awesome. And that I should see it.
Up until the first twist of the movie, I had to try hard to focus my attention. I found the acting of Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak to be weird, awkward (the kissing scenes? It looks like two pancakes being pressed together! No physical response from either person's lips),…
I had seen trailers for Malick's, Tree of Life and was looking forward to watching it, it seemed like it would be this overwhelming, moving thing. And oh man, did I ever want an overwhelming, moving thing.
When I did see it (and keep in mind that this was the first Malick film I had seen at that point) - I was bored out of my mind. I tried to convince myself while watching the movie that I was far…