Amazing cinematography throughout this film! Still unsure how I feel about it. It’s one of those that wins awards, but am not quite sure of the point. Sometimes I would think I understood it, but then it just left me in confusion. After thinking about this some more, I really do not like questioning God and why things did/didn’t happen. This may be another reason for my dislike of this film. When I question God, I end up in that hopeless, bottomless pit, which is what seemed to happen to these people. I want a film full of hope and trusting God, no matter what happens. Even though a lot of films show the experience of questioning God, the way this film was made just seemed dark to me.
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.
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