The Tree of Life is an enthralling arts film which held me captive from the first whispers through the 2 hours and 20 minutes of playing time. It drew my husband in to come and sit and watch it even though he missed the first 30 minutes.
I heard about The Tree of Life months ago on Sam Juliano’s Monday Morning Diary on Wonders in the Dark and I was so drawn to his descriptions that I wanted to see it. It was playing in the big City at an art’s theater but not anywhere close. I attempted to get the local cinema to run it and had 35 folks call the theatre to ask for a showing.
It came out on DVD about Thanksgiving time in the USA, and I put in an order with my mailbox delivery group. I was not disappointed when it arrived and I was very happy to have been able to watch it a number of times. I think it would be spectacular on the big screen – although if you sat next to a noisy eater one would miss much of the opening of the movie – one’s own chewing would interfere with the whispers of sound that are so dramatic and enhancing.
The photography is amazing from all the flow of water to the birds in flight, and the videos of nature play out in lovely fashion as the movie captures a young boy’s life and energies.
There were several moments when I remembered 2001 a Space Odyssey.
If we humans are 98% energy in the form of water, then the metaphors and symbolism in this movie are not only dramatically beautiful but they emphasize the connections of all of life. One wonders how the author and director could have put so much creativity and honesty into a depiction of life – how could all that flow from one person? Outstanding movie, this THE TREE OF LIFE.
Netflix says about this film:
The Tree of LIFE. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star in Terrence Malick’s 1950s adventure about a confused man named Jack, who sets off on a journey to understand the true nature of the world. Growing up in the Midwest with two brothers, Jack has always been torn between his mother’s guidance to approach everything he encounters with an open heart and his father’s advice to look after his own interests. Now, Jack must find a way to regain purpose and perspective.
I understand that this film has been nominated for a number of awards already. I joyfully give it a 5 ladybug rating and hope all of you will make the opportunity to see this film. It is rated PG-13. I have added it to my book group’s list for the spring discussion and will recommend it to my own family. This student of life and philosophy thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
Do you have a movie to recommend for an award? Do you often watch arts movies? Are you drawn to creative expression?
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