The Tree of Life Review

Terrence Malick is a talented artist, a poet blessed with the ability to spin his words and verse into some of the most engaging visual storytelling ever. See Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line as proof of the above. But do not see The Tree of Life expecting the reclusive director to be at the top of his very unique game. Tree of Life is a beautiful, frustrating, ambling chronicle of Genesis and our future's end, one that orbits a 1950s family unit, The O'Briens. The parents (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) represent God and Earth, their children, especially young Jack (Hunter McKracken) represent a humanity subjected to their graces and wrath equally. Adult Jack, played by Sean Penn in the present, vaguely anchors the film as the death of Jack's brother ripple-effects across multiple timelines.  Read More...


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