THE TREE OF LIFE (2011)

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Christopher

I wasn’t sure if I would ever watch this because ever since knowing Elizabeth I have known that she hated this movie. It seemed like us watching it just wasn’t going to happen. For whatever reason the other week she told me to get it cause she was ready to write about it. I was so excited and knew I had to jump on this chance.

When this movie came out I know it created a lot of controversy and a ton of people hated it. I actually saw the last 30 minutes one time when I first moved to San Antonio but it made no sense so nothing really stuck in my memory. Watching the movie now, the last 30 minutes not making sense makes sense because that’s how the whole movie really is.

The way I looked at the film was that it really isn’t a movie. It felt more like someone was trying to film their emotion? I felt a connection to a bunch of the themes of the movie but there was nothing really to follow, just stuff to watch.

I thought all the scenes with the universe and the dinosaurs were the absolute worst part of the whole thing. I had heard all that was in the movie but the dinosaurs looked so terrible it was really off-putting. It felt like we were watching something on PBS. I did, however, enjoy some of the stuff in the Brad Pitt/Jessica Chastain moments but that was all because it was basically just following a bunch of boys around their neighborhood. It felt so American. Now, there still really isn’t much to go on here but a ton of it reminded me of myself growing up. It also kind of reminded me of the boys from The Virgin Suicides and that neighborhood. If this part of the movie had more context and an actual story to follow I think I would of been super into it. Unfortunately what I did connect to is such a small part of this film that just rambles. It reminded me of being in a conversation with someone I didn’t want to talk to but didn’t know how to get away from.

I’m glad I finally saw this but I know it’s not something I’ll see again. The next Terrence Malick movie we watch I hope is The New World. I know people didn’t like it but I watched that after college and I really enjoyed it.

Elizabeth

FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT. CALLING THIS THING A MOVIE IS INSULTING TO EVERY ACTUAL MOVIE EVER MADE AND I AM 100% INCLUDING TYLER PERRY MOVIES IN THAT STATEMENT.

THE ONLY WAY THIS THING WOULD WORK WOULD BE IF IT WAS TERRENCE MALICK TESTING HOW FAR VIEWERS’ PRETENTIOUSNESS WILL TAKE THEM AS A STATEMENT ABOUT “ART” CINEMA BUT HE DID NOT DO THAT.

I HATE THIS THING.

 

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