June 18, 2011

Tree of Life - 2011

Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

"There are two ways through life: the way of nature and the way of grace."

I'm not going to lie to you: I don't get this movie, in any form whatsoever. The structure's nonlinear, characters from different points in the timeline coexist at a certain point, there's a kid walking around with a partially shaved head for reasons that are never explained...oh, yeah, and after a brief opening bit depicting Pitt as the (eventually semi-abusive) patriarch of a family in the 1950s, as well as Penn playing an adult version of one of his sons modern-day, we're treated to a montage of the Bing Bang, early evolution, and some dinosaurs. We could have had a nice little film exploring the dynamic of the '50s family, maybe told through flashback of Penn's character, but instead, we have...whatever this is. The cast gives some great performances, even the kids (superlative to that of Super 8 at times), and the cinematography is gorgeous, but the script just isn't the sort I enjoy. Fincher and Nolan did, though, so maybe you might. C

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