I just finished watching the film, “The Tree of Life”, directed by Terrence Malik:
This film was amazing. At first I thought it would be an overly artistic hype film headlined by the likes of Brad Pitt. However, this movie is truly unlike any film I have ever seen before. I liked the way Malick encompassed both the primal and introspective nature of the human psyche. At the end of the day, that is what humans are-a conflicted species. The film focuses on a standard family from the 60’s and how the ups and downs of life affected them. Throughout the film, the individual members of the family are seen acting in an assortment of ways, no different from any other film. However, after each major moment in the film, the viewer is exposed to the inner thoughts of each character. Humans are the only species we know of that can logically articulate the reasons for their actions. Most of the time, people have good intentions. Unfortunately, many times, the way we act out our good intentions can be convoluted by life experience, and we often lose motivation to do the right thing. That is an interesting subplot in this film. The oldest son is constantly conflicted as he begins to become disillusioned with his life due to his strained relationship with his father and his impending loss of innocence. This film is clearly a must see and contains some of the best cinematography and musical scores as well. Tell me what you think.