The Tree Of Life [REVIEW]

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With wit, reviewed by Kimmo Mustonenen

Sometimes a filmmaker’s own reputation also be fatal.

This applies even if one of the industry has such a legendary reputation as Terrence Malick.

With only two films in the 1970s (Badlands, 1973 and In the Days of Heaven, 1978), he became aware of and was regarded as a gifted poet of American cinema.

The myth was also fueled by his passion for philosophy and his mysterious withdrawals from the film industry, his now 40-year career in this ensured that Malick in time only four feature films has been realized as a whole.

No wonder that after this history, the expectations of Terrence Malick’s long-promised movie The Tree of Life were huge – maybe too huge.

At the press screening in Cannes film was the least quieter applause with clearly audible boos considered next.

What happened?  Indeed.

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What?

Than in a swimming accident, one of the other two brothers died (and it is for the later mysterious appearance and disappearance of this child are also numerous other interpretations), is the family, which is of choleric father out with a heavy hand, before a crucial test.

In later years, recalls Jack (played by Sean Penn as an adulterer) at this time and tried to work with his life by remembering to come to terms.  However, there are many things in history that remains open, because a number is only suggested.  And it could give almost every turn, a different explanation.

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In The Tree of Life director dares even a twenty-minute excursion into the world of the elements and shows images of exquisite beauty, the sequence almost has a visual trip will leave the drug (just say “yes”).

Bizarrely shaped rock formations, underwater photographs, swaying fields of sunflowers, volcanic eruptions and other illustrations of the forces of nature are in sum probably the entire duration of the film for more picture to see it in about as the people whose story the film tells

What?

Also during the story, the basis for these excursions is the contemplative lives, mainly through the power of images and their uniqueness.  There is hardly a setting that does not attract attention, detail, dynamic solution looking for (and find).

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Above that is on the soundtrack is a mix of sparse dialogue, detailed off-narration, natural sounds and a lot of classical and sacred music, often with a chorus presented one that carried the tone of the narration strengthened – only to be softened later up.

The Tree of Life is a thoroughly ambiguous work, which at least partly, as fascinating as puzzles gives up (and at least two-three-seen four times or have to get used one way thicket of interpretations and possible interpretations has beaten the by).  And even then, in discussions with others, resulting in conversation more and more signs and directions or as a model Martin Heidegger would say Malick, “Ways and blind alleys.”

Me, too.

A film for the exquisite viewfinder – and definitely in a double sense.  Right?

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Comments

  1. alhenascott on May 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm said:

    Please, please, next time you write a review in English, have it
    reviewed by a native English-speaker (English, American, Australian, whatever), as your fine ideas get lost in the grammatical errors and literal translations that make no sense.
    I am sure your concepts are on-target, but the bizarre translation totally spoils your ideas….

  2. swetzola1971 on May 28, 2011 at 7:36 am said:

    Please do not have someone review your English in futuer reviews! Your write is like tone poem, with word and thought crash against the other, and splay meaning for those who like to breath the richness. Reviewer would crush the soul your meaning, with hamburger-secneted copy from Madisan Avenue troglydites.

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  4. I took the whole movie to be an allegory for man becoming independent of nature (earth/mother) and grace (god/father). It seemed less about strong narrative and characters and more archetypes. When the mother is speaking in voice over and asks why god would take her son, the Malick pulls back and shows you the entire world. Death exists but look at how amazing life is! And we are part of this amazing universal legacy of life and creation simply by being (or having been) alive. Billions of years, from the cosmos to the first cells that split on earth to dinosaurs, to the hardship of becoming an independent person.

    The earth nurtures, god teaches(abuses?) and man builds. The last shot was of a bridge. I thought it was beautiful.

  5. Funniest thing I’ve ever read.

  6. Richard on June 24, 2011 at 9:58 am said:

    uh…his brother didn’t die in that swimming accident, that was another boy. His brother died much later, we know this because it was referenced that he was 18 (or 19?) when he died. Also, in the scene where the boy drowns, we see the Jessica Chastain character look on as another mother is screaming in the background.

    also, how did you know Sean Penn was an “adulterer”? It just seemed like he was a rich, unhappy guy. Maybe I missed something.

  7. Jens Toft on July 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm said:

    That made no sense at all…

    I am sorry to laugh at your poor writing skills, but your review was quite a funny read.

  8. William on November 20, 2011 at 9:03 am said:

    You do better in English than most English-speakers would do in Finnish – for us Finnish is one of the hardest languages to learn, so I suppose English would be very difficult for a Finnish-speaker to learn. I’m guessing you watched this film with English subtitles – maybe that added to your confusion about the events, since you would have to depend on the Finnish translation. To learn the idioms I think you would have to live in America for some time – that’s the only way it would ever make sense. To comprehend this movie a little better, try reading the English version of the plot in Wikipedia. It’s not perfect, but it might help. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tree_of_Life_%28film%29

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