The greatest artist on earth has yet again proved his dominion. Terry is a god amongst insects. This is something he has been working his entire career towards, even lifting many images and moments from the Tree of Life into this masterwork. Its ambitious in scope and mesmerizingly meditative. Shot for shot some of the best images ever put to screen as always.
Nothing is bashed over your head. No exposition. Everything is understood through Malick's cinematic language.
The DV footage is a little jarring but done with purpose. Jumping from one culture, religion, social class or emotion to another. The effects found in this film are indescribably good. The CGI is hard to notice, so life like on most creatures. And the practical space effects that were done the same way seen in the Tree of Life and 2001: A Space Odyssey are mind-boggling.
I can't shake the been there done that feeling however.