The Tree of Life

Director - Terrence Malick

Genre - Drama

Unreasonably inaccessible movie from notoriously rebellious filmmaker Terrence Malick. Apart from the magically stunning cinematography which has to be seen to be believed, the entire film confounded us and we struggled to understand what the hack Malick was trying to do. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain excelled in their roles playing parents who are in deep pain after the loss of a son, but the insertions of unrelated scenes in the film poisoned the well of their performances considerably. These random scenes would make any unsuspecting person walking into the movie halfway thinking that they were watching a National Geographic special. Sean Penn's dialogue in this was like two words! He must've thought this was the easiest paycheck he'd ever gotten. We don't like our cinema experiences to be so vague we can't even decipher them. '2001: A Space Odyssey' wasn't a walk in the park but you can figure it out eventually. 'The Tree of Life' is the dreaded picture film school students will be asked about during their final exam. "What is Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' about? Give your answer in not less than 2,000 words". Nobody likes to be put on the spot like that. Cinema should inspire and let our dreams sprout wings, not cut our flights of fancy short by bullying us in to submission.


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amy said…
hahaha... I'm somewhat relieved we're on a similar page for this one. xD
Aha, great to hear from you Amy, it's been awhile...
amy said…
I know! I can't make much round online now, with the work on the site and other stuff... it's hard to keep up! I barely have time to watch films T_T
I absolutely agree. It is a shame because it you can see how much potential is there. He just needed to pull back a little bit from the grandiose.