Brad Pitt Channels his Fight Club Days in This Tree of Life Clip

I had a big ol stupid grin on my face throughout this new clip from Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”. The scene itself is supposed to be serious and gives us insight into Brad Pitt’s character as a father and his approach to life, but all I can think of as he says, “Hit me” to his kid is, “The first rule of Fight Club is, don’t talk about Fight Club!” Maybe it’s just me. Still dying to see this movie, though.

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.

Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Fiona Shaw, Jessica Chastain, Joanna Going, and Kari Matchett.

Brad Pitt wants you to hit him as hard as you can May 27, 2011.

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