The Tree of Life

November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ½

This is the type of film I go to the movies to see; from start to finish, I did not know what to expect.  It is a challenge, for sure.  There is no real narrative to speak of, and there is very little dialogue.  The film also has strange, sometimes inexplicable, asides.  But Malik is taking on bigger things and is attempting to ask fundamental questions about human nature, creation, and how do we reconcile our fragile existence with the notion of a god.  Every scene is visually stunning.  Malik is known for bringing out naturalistic performances from actors, even inexperienced ones, and the film is full of magical, understated and often moving moments.  While I don’t find the essential questions of the film difficult to answer, I know that they are the core struggle of many people’s faith.  As such, this was a big movie trying to say big things in a very quiet way.  I don’t get to see that in film very often.

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