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Plot: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. 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. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
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Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is an attempt to inject some cosmic wonder into the most mundane American story.
In the 1950s, two parents bring up three boys in an American white middle-class, small-town existence. The mother (Jessica Chastain) radiates love and warmth, while the father (Brad Pitt) feels the obligation to be cold and distant in order to prepare his sons for the cruel world that awaits them. As we are informed at the beginning of the film, sometime during this mid-century upbringing, one of the boys would eventually die. We are also shown flashfowards to the present day, when the eldest son Jack, now a successful architect working in New York City, reflects on the death of his brother decades ago. There is very little conventional spoken dialogue in this family drama. The story is told through voiceovers on top of a rich series of images, these monologues representing the inner thoughts, doubts and fears of the characters.
But Malick adds something on top of this, one of the most controversial turns in Hollywood filmmaking in recent years. Early on we are treated to a depiction of the creation of the universe and of life on Earth, from the initial clouds of gas right after the Big Bang to small nebulae, then big galaxies like our own Milky Way, the Earth as an inchoate ball of lava, life arising in tidepools, and then into the era of the dinosaurs. These special effects were created by Douglas Trumbull, best known for the cosmic visuals of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The titles of the film quote from the Book of Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth, when the morning stars sang together?”
I get what Malick is trying to do here, that is, to show that the trials and tribulations of an individual human life are part of some vast unknown plan. Nonetheless, while I can understand this on an intellectual level, the film does not seem to reconcile the two layers into a single coherent plot. The film is indeed a visual feast on a first viewing (a high-definition release watched on a projector is nearly as stunning as 2001), but the The Tree of Life is much harder to sit through on a repeat viewing when one knows that it doesn’t quite hang together. Furthermore, as thought-provoking as the story of the boys’ 1950s upbringing is, the last part with its scenes of petty delinquency goes on forever and should have been cut. Finally, the ending which I won’t spoil here is a total trope, not at all a fresh take on the meaning of life.
At a time when Hollywood is widely regarded as stagnant, I can appreciate a director like Malick who seeks to do something unexpected, but I find The Tree of Life to be rather a noble failure.
A movie that wants to mean more than what is actually telling.
Taking a lot of things borrowed from 2001, it doesn’t even come close to have such a deep an interesting meaning.
Nature and Grace
Greetings again from the darkness. Rare are the times that I find myself lacking words to express my opinion on a movie just watched. But writer/director Terrence Malick does not play fair. First of all, what director makes five films in 40 years? Who makes a film about CREATION, life, evolution, spirituality, death and existence? What director seems to thrive when no real story is needed to make his points? Which director can so mess with the viewer’s head through visual artistry never before seen on screen? The answer to these questions, of course, is Terrence Malick. And I hold him responsible the fact that I remain in somewhat of a semi-conscious fog four days after watching his latest masterpiece.
Any attempt to explain this film would be futile. It is so open to interpretation and quite a personal, intimate journey for any viewer who will free themselves for the experience. What I can tell you is that much of the film is focused on a typical family living in small town rural Texas in the early 1950’s. Brad Pitt plays Mr. O’Brien, the stern disciplinarian father and husband to Jessica Chastain’s much softer Mrs. O’Brien.
Near the beginning of the film, we get Mrs. O’Brien as narrator explaining that when she was a child, the nuns informed that in life one must choose between Nature and Grace. Nature being the real time of real life, whereas Grace is the more spiritual approach. Clearly, Mr. O’Brien has chosen Nature, while his wife embodies Grace. Watching their three boys evolve in this household is quite a treat – and is done with so little dialogue, it’s almost shocking to the senses.
One of the many things that jumped out at me was the set and production design of Jack Fisk. Mr. Fisk is a frequent collaborator with Mr. Malick and is also the husband of Sissy Spacek, who starred in Malick’s first film Badlands. Unlike many films, I did not have the feeling I was watching a film about the 50’s. Instead, the look is directly IN the 50’s … slamming screen doors, tree houses, and family supper time! But don’t think for a moment that this is a story about the O’Brien’s and their sons. This family is merely Malick’s vessel for showing the earthly connections between the universe and each of the particles within. If you think this sounds a bit pretentious, you should know that Mr. Malick graduated from Harvard with a philosophy degree, became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and a professor at MIT. This is a thinking man and an artist.
Actually I would describe the experience as viewing an art exhibit and listening to poetry. It really sweeps over and through you, and takes you on a trip of introspection. So many human emotions are touched – the need to be loved, appreciated and respected. We see the oldest O’Brien son later in life. Sean Penn plays him as a very successful middle aged adult who still struggles with the death of a brother and communication skills learned from his childhood. This is an odd sequence but provided to give balance to the flurry of emotions the younger boy survives.
This was the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or winner and that means little if you don’t open up as you walk into the theatre. It’s a contemplative journey that you can either take part in or fight. My advice is to open up and let this beautiful impression of all life take your mind places it may have never been before.
To start off, if this is not the most beautiful film ever shot, is very high on the list. Every single shot in this entire film had my eyes glued onto it and my jaw dropped a few times. The story was confusing at parts, but a lot of the people who have negative feelings toward the film came in expecting a very upfront the story. The story is extremely compelling despite the way parts are told. It’s simply the story of a boy falling from his grace, and becoming more like his father, even though he doe not understand why entirely. The film does an excellent job capturing the confusion and the discomfort in growing up, for example in the scene in which they send the frog on a firework. Obviously, not everyone did this exact thing, but it shows the way that the character is trying to find his way in the world and learn who he is. Not only was the story very compelling, but the score was incredible. Between the combination of the music and the shots, this movie was extremely intriguing and fascinating to watch. I give this movie a solid 9.2 out of ten.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 19 min (139 min), 3 hr 8 min (188 min) (Extended Cut)
Genre Drama, Fantasy
Director Terrence Malick
Writer Terrence Malick
Actors Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 117 wins & 125 nominations.
Production Company Cottonwood Pictures
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime and Ultra Prime Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime and Ultra Prime Lenses, Arriflex 235, Zeiss Master Prime and Ultra Prime Lenses, Arriflex 435, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses, Dalsa Evolution, IMAX Cameras, Panavision 65 HR Camera, Panavision System 65 Lenses, Phantom HD Gold, Red One Camera (some shots)
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (also prints), EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Laser Pacific Media Corporation, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Film Length 3,794 m (France), 3,824 m, 3,824 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218), 65 mm (also horizontal) (Kodak Vision2 200T 5217, Vision2 500T 5218), Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process Digital (4K) (source format) (some shots), Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), IMAX (source format) (some scenes), Panavision Super 70 (source format) (some scenes), Redcode RAW (4K) (source format) (some shots), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna-CP 3523XD), D-Cinema