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Friday, January 6, 2012

[7.75/10] The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011)

QuickRating: Poetic, exquisitely surreal, at times philosophical, but also heavily pretentious, Malick's bizarrely-captivating film, "The Tree of Life" is an incoherent mixture of the director's vision of birth of the universe, and a story about the domestic struggles of a 50s Texas family, that impresses with unusual directing choices, an outstanding performance by Brad Pitt, and a dazzling cinematography, featuring tons of mesmerizing cosmic shots, dreamy images, and stunning, beautifully-captured landscapes.


14 comments:

Melissa Bradley said...

I have been loath to watch this as I usually have to be in the mood for such a film. Otherwise, it totally turns me off no matter how beautiful it looks. I've been hearing a lot of "it's pretty, but what did I just watch" type of criticism so that makes me want to put it off even more. Terence Malick is a director that is very daunting to watch for me so yeah, I'm gonna wait and see for this. Vivid summation, though. I like your style, hon. :)

Nebular said...

Mel, you know what, I had this film on my computer since summer, and I wasn't sure if I want to see it, until yesterday, when I decided to give it a shot, regardless of my concerns, which were same as yours.
Some slow and tedious parts aside, I loved it! It's a visual storytelling at its best, and the entire cast is terrific. Check it out when you're in the right mood for it.

Thanks, hon! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one. I guess you like it or you really don't.

Nebular said...

Alex, it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but if you're in the right mood, you'll like it. I was and I did. :)

Maynard Morrissey said...

There are 2 voices in my head.

The first one tells me: Come on watch it, you know you want to. This could be interesting!

The Second one says: No, don't do it! You'll regret it!

What do you think? I mean, one of my Top 5 favorite movies of all time is "2001: A Space Odyssey", a slow but visually mindblowing masterpiece. I heard the same about "Tree Of Life"...

Nebular said...

Maynard, I perfectly understand how you feel about this film. I've been feeling the same way since I have it on my pc. Saw it last night and didn't regret it. :)

Haven't seen "2001: A Space Odyssey" and I doubt I ever will, but it sounds as the same type of movie as TTOL, in terms of visual concept.

Maynard Morrissey said...

Hm, I guess I will give it a try then. Thanx, George!

Never seen 2001? Highly recommended. Wonderful movie!

farawayeyes said...

I've been pretty sure I wanted to see this one and you did nothing to dissuade me. I love visual storytelling. On the list.

Nebular said...

No, never. I'm familiar with it, but since I'm not very into old movies I don't think I'll give it a shot. :)

Nebular said...

farawayeyes, very few parts of this film I didn't like. As long as you love visual storytelling, the Tree of Life is the perfect movie for you. :)

Nicole✗✗ said...

I'm SOOOO glad you liked this film--actually glad that you decided to even watch it!! It is such a splendid film that is so captivating on various levels. But you are right, you have to be in the right mood. Nice review!

Nebular said...

I'm glad I decide to watch it too. :) I wasn't sure I could stand it, because I knew it would be a pretentious artsy film, but I ended up mesmerized by it by its beauty.

Lesya Hearst said...

We agree on that. Your quick review is my thoughts exactly.

Nebular said...

Lesya, glad we share the same opinion about this one. I liked it a lot, but wasn't necessarily blown away by it.