Films viewed in 2011

325. The Tree of Life

In Arthouse on October 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Dir. Terrence Malick

The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence.

MY TAKE

The Tree of Life could carry the sub-head 2011 – A Suburban Odyssey. Terrence Malick’s grand, sweeping existential epic is part evolution of the earth, part the best looking home movie you’ve ever seen. In a time when the Discovery Channel and countless science programs try to explain how the planet came to be, few films have ever given us such a beautiful opportunity to just reflect upon the sheer wonder and fragility of our existence.  The movie has big stars in Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, but they are essentially lost in the larger cosmos of a plotless – but certainly not pointless – film. If you can accept this fact, and a random dinosaur, you can thoroughly enjoy this film.

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