The Tree of Life (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
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An exclusive 30-minute documentary on the making of the film, Exploring The Tree of Life, allows fans to dig even deeper into Malick’s visionary work and his cinematic legacy through interviews with his collaborators and cast members as well as with directors Christopher Nolan and David Fincher who share an appreciation for his work.
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Top Customer Reviews
But be warned. The Tree of Life does not have a linear narrative, and doesn't tell a story as much as it shows it. And the regular viewer--that is, most of us--, used to be told in images and words what we are supposed to see and feel, may find this story hard to follow.
The movie starts with a flaming light and a quotation from the Book of Job: "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation...while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
Then we are shown a woman (Jessica Chastain) as she learns in a letter the death of her son, age 19. In her grief and despair, enhanced by the absence of sound in the subsequent images, the mother questions God's design in such a seemingly cruel act.
From here, the movie proceeds in two alternating levels. One shows the creation of the universe, the gathering of dust that made the planets, the apparition of microscopic life, scenes from the time of the dinosaurs and the destruction of most life on Earth as a consequence of a meteor hitting our planet.
In another level we are shown images from the life of a contemporary middle aged man (Sean Penn): his birth in the 1950s to a loving mother (Jessica Chastain), his growing up in Texas under a strict father (Brad Pitt), his rebellion as an adolescent and his relationship with his two younger brothers. The second, the one he is closer to, will die later at 19 as we learned at the beginning of the movie.
The story unfolds in pieces and bits, the way our memory works: some scenes from our past are vividly clear while others are lost.Read more ›
Chimps parading as people aside, I at least enjoyed the movie. I saw it late in its run so I never had to worry about an audience yelling at the screen.
I'm the kind of person who's patient. If a movie confuses me I don't flip out or start yelling and ranting; I sit it out. So that's what I did with this movie. I tried my best to see what Malick was doing, because I think it's pretty obvious that such a respected filmmaker would have seen at least some reason for making this movie.
First of all, there's one major reason why this film isn't for everyone and it's not one I've heard anyone else mention:
The film, from top to bottom, is extremely musical. I mean that in many ways, but let me be clearer: The father in the family the story focuses on wanted to be a conductor and dropped off that career path in favor of a secure job. The soundtrack is all very carefully-chosen classical music.Read more ›
The power of the film is in the visual and auditory miracles that unfold on the screen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not watch it as the movie would not load properly. I eventually gave up.Published 3 days ago by Amy Fitzgerald
Not a blockbuster, thank God. It's a change of pace, and it's beautiful.Published 10 days ago by Jason Owsley
Just couldn't stay with it. When the dinosaurs were roaming the stream, I finally ffwd. here and there to see if there was any hope for the dark tone and sadness of the movie. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Bollywood Big Fan
I hate to say it, but I was incredibly let down by this film. I love some of Malick's other films, but this one just lacked story so much that I couldn't hang on for the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Tiki
If you love art films with surrealist elements, this is your filmPublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I searched high and low for this movie, then finally purchased it here. I couldn't of been more disappointed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by aj
We couldn't get through this movie! It was so abstract and bizarre. The swirling cloud images seemed to be used to just extend time between weak scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Berry
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