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The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 250
- Fresh: 209
- Rotten: 41
- Average Rating: 8.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Glibly put, this challenging time-skipping rumination is the big screen equivalent of watching that "Tree" grow.
Fresh: The vision is dazzling. The portrayal of family life palpable. The ending ... well, let's go back to the vision.
Fresh: The result actually plays like a divine pronouncement, cosmic in scope and oracular in tone, a cinematic sermon on the mount that shows its creator in exquisite form. Exquisite but frustrating.
Fresh: The Tree of Life is a cinematic poem of extraordinary scope and ambition.
Don't be fooled
This is a pretentious, wildly over-praised film. There are sequences of Nothing Going On other than the soft sounds of breezes moving through leaves. And 20 minutes or so of National Geographic pictures of outer space. And Sean Penn... moving around and staring. And Brad Pitt... Not saying or even expressing much. I guess I either didn't get it, or else... I'm right, and this is indeed a pretentious, wildly over-praised film.
This is a beautiful and thought provoking film that takes the beauty and structure Malick used in Days of Heaven and makes it intensely personal and cosmic. There is nothing else like it. Do not miss this movie.
Unlike anything you've ever seen.
A truly original film is almost impossible to find these days, but this film trancends originality and becomes a new genre of art. A living breathing visual novel is the best way I can explain it. Instead of dialoge and plot structure the director uses natural lighting, editing and music to create the story and if you look hard enough under the surface you will be enchanted by its infinite beauty. Although I wouldn't recommend this film for everyone, I would recommend it to those who are patient and curiouse, those who want to look at life in a new way. Don't watch whats happening, let the film happen to you.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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