The Tree of Life ★★★½

There's really nothing wrong with the film but it didn't just hit me on a personal level. I understand love and hate towards it whereas I personally stand somewhere on a more neutral level. Highlights of the film for me were the Antonioni-esque shots on Penn segment at the beginning of the film that lingered through modern landscapes and captured the state of mind perfectly. I wish the whole film would have built on something like that. Another stunning aspect of the film is how Malick manages to use silence so perfectly. He is so well known for his voice-overs that it almost surprised me how finely he crafted atmosphere based on the dialogue between silence and music. There's indeed lot to admire here. So seems that I can't understand absolute hate for this film after all. It's also stunning to hear how many people connect to it so strongly.

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