Friday, December 2, 2011

movie review THE TREE OF LIFE

The movie The Tree of Life is either one of the most amazing movies ever made or one of the worst.  After sitting thought the 2 hour and 19 minute film I believe it is one of the worst and over 2 hours of my life that I will never get back.

Now, don't get me wrong, the film has some of the best cinematography and special effects you'll ever see, very good performances from Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain as a husband and wife in the 50's as well as a low key performance from Sean Penn as the grown up son of Pitt and Chastain in current times.  It has an interesting central story about a young son who does what his father tells him to do but is always troubled by the actions of his father as well as the death of his brother.  Something that both Hunter McCracken as the young Jack and Penn as the older both are very good at portraying.  However, it is one of those films that is so pretentious that it just comes across as being a film that makes a lot of wrong choices.   The plot goes pretty much nowhere over the two hours and while director Terrence Malick gets good performances out of his cast he should have spent a little more time in editing both the script and the film so it didn't come across as such a sprawling mess that basically skips over plot elements and just ends.

I mean, there are even dinosaurs in it -during the creation of the universe section of the movie, yes there is about a 10 minute part of the movie all about that. (see the clip below)  When did you think you could ever say there were dinosaurs in a Brad Pitt movie?  Is this a documentary or a film about family dynamics in the 50's?

Avoid at all costs unless you have nothing better to do for 2 hours and 19 minutes.


Part of the "Creation of the Universe" section -

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