Beautifully shot, and the music was enchanting. The story was good enough, and I am all in favor of the modern musical, but I was continually distracted by the thought, “How good would this film be if it starred lesser-known but equally competent actors who could actually sing and dance?”
I will probably need to see this many more times before I really get it, but I knew it was special on the first viewing, even without the Malick hype.
It is unclear, fragmented, difficult to follow. But this is how life works. "The Tree of Life" is the most accurate representation of memory I've ever seen in film.