Who could possibly not be interested in Terrence Malick’s latest, “The Tree of Life”? Okay, so a lot of people. Malick has never really been a big draw for your average moviegoer, but I find his work to be pretty good stuff. His “The Thin Red Line” remains one of the best and criminally underrated WWII movies in my opinion. In any case, his latest is “The Tree of Life”, which after years of development, is finally sprouting branches on the big screen. Debut trailer for the movie below. As expected, it’s visually stunning and ethereal in its plotting, and downright gorgeous and pitch-perfect in everything from the voiceovers to those gorgeous shots of Jessica Chastain. Too bad most people will ignore it, but that doesn’t mean you should.
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, Kari Matchett, and directed by Terrence Malick.
Putting down roots May 27, 2011.
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