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"The Tree Of Life" - {Blu-ray}- (Wayne)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
October 11, 2011
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Disagree? Write a review!***

What if Stanley Kubrick's "2001" focused on a family in the 1950's. Oh, and what if Kubrick focused on human emotions, our sense of loss and the ambivalent relationship that some of us have with God?***

You'd have "The Tree of Life".***

Terence Malick's "The Tree of Life" will polarize viewers much like most of his other films; this long medatative film focuses on fate,faith, our place in the Universe and the struggle to the seemingly random nature of the universe. Malick is the Stanley Kubrick of his generation but focuses on human emotion rather than the detached style of Kubrick. His films compromise often stunning visuals with a narrative told primarily through those visuals and brief dramatic (and fragmented here) vingettes.***

Aside from Kubrick's film the one closest to this in terms of tone and structure is "The Fountain" directed by Darren Aronofsky. If you enjoyed "The Fountain" you might enjoy this film although this is even more fragmented.***

If you're looking for a film like, say, "October Sky", which tackles some of the same themes in a more conventional narrative, you won't find it here. The often fragmentary structure of the film may make this a challenge for some viewers.***

Told in a sometimes sprawling fashion covering from the creation and then jumping billions of years later to 1950's America in the midwest, the film follows O'Brien family (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan)as they struggle with a later tragedy) and, then follows the grown up Jack as he struggles with the events of the past. It's a fascinating window into the past and the loss of innocence of these three boys.***

Image & Sounds:

The Blu-ray looks positively stunning for the film and the photography of Jack Fisk is brilliant realized in the high def domain. Having said that, if you watch the DVD, it looks quite nice as well.***

Audio sounds brilliant with a great lossless 5.1 mix.***

Special Features:

Special features are a bit on the thin side with a short "making of" documentary that doesn't go very deep into Malick's intentions in making the film from its cosmic beginnings to it's 50's melodrama. We also get a theatrical trailer but that's it.***

Final Words:

I'd suggest renting this to see if it's your sort of movie. There's no doubt that Malick creates visually dazzling films with often daring narratives that fly in the face of conventional storytelling but that also means that he isn't for everyone.*** I enjoyed "The Tree of Life" but in contrast my wife couldn't stand it. ***

 

 
 
 
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