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The Tree of Life (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
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From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as BADLANDS, DAYS OF HEAVEN and THE THIN RED LINE, 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.
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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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.
And if you zoom out far enough, the overall structure of the film is actually a very musical one - you could almost see it as some insane variant on sonata form. It's hard to describe, but visual themes resurface at various times in the film in ways that feel very similar to recapitulations in music.
As I said; not for everyone. I picked up on this stuff, but I'm a musician. I loved it.
As far as the images of dinosaurs and the cosmos interspersed in it, my impression was that Malick was trying to show cycles of creation, longing and destruction in frameworks other than those of humans. As I saw it - and this is up for debate - I read the movie as showing a very eastern sort of philosophy; one that involves a sort of reincarnation or continuation beyond the lives and deaths of individuals, species, or even planets.
Call that pretentious if you want, I thought it was done very nicely, though, and I'm very decidedly buying it as soon as it's out on DVD.
Also, I don't get why people bothered yelling at the scenes of the cosmos. If you didn't get it, I still think it was some of the most beautiful visuals I've seen in a film in a really long time. Relax. It's pretty.
So much of Malick's narrative sense asks you to imagine plot points - It begins with mourning a son we've never yet met who has died at nineteen. It suddenly moves to offices of a prosperous architect. You connect him to the oldest son, and eventually realize he's taken in all the lectures of his frustrated failure of a father, and reaped fortune from them. At one point he apologizes for words they had over the phone about the funeral. What were they? You must imagine--perhaps "you always loved him more than me." It's clear the hostility still boils. Also, central to the truth of the story is the way perfectly well-meaning parents can develop toxic relations with one child only because the dynamics are off. Malick is very aware of this.
Days of Heaven is the Malick film where so many of the visual ideas of the film were taking shape. The dramatic use of montage and movement and imagery - with minimum dialogue- are all some of the hallmarks of pure cinema. Here he goes as far as he can,
just sticking with emotional energy and imagery and composing a world of moments the way they would swirl in your head if you were remembering your life.
When I see so many one star reviews from angry film goers, I really sympathize. Very many intelligent film goers remain in a comfortable world where originality, poetic vision, and a type of spiritual overview of life has very little meaning or worth. It's all pretentious, boring nonsense. This movie is one which pushes you out of your comfort zone.
I, for one, am grateful that such a film exists. I am absolutely certain it will lead others toward inspired film making of the future.
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