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The Tree of Life (2011) Movie Information

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Terrence Malick


Brad Pitt
Sean Penn
Joanna Going
Fiona Shaw
Jessica Chastain
Jackson Hurst





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The Tree of Life follows one boy, Jack - one of three brothers as he goes through life - as a child everything seems filled with wonderment, but as he grows, and his parents vie for his attention, sickness, death all take that sense of wonderment away. As an adult, Jack is disillusioned - a lost soul in a modern world - as he searches for meaning in the grand scheme of existence. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 01/01/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Life in a nutshell. The Tree of Life is one of the most stunning, magnificently shot movies I've ever seen. The cinematography is something that you can't take your eyes away from, it's just that stunning. Emmanuel Lubezki is the master of cinematography, I mean he's right up there with Roger Deakins, Vittorio Storaro, and Robert Richardson. Terrence Malick direction in this movie was pure brilliant, even when sometimes it dose get a little pretentious with some of the imagery, but all that aside, this is a beautiful film that's not going to be for everyone.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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What is The Tree of Life? It's a celebration of life. It's a prayer to the one who creates all things. It's a hymn of reality about both the good and evil in the world. It's a reminder of who we are and where we come from. A true poetic masterpiece. One of the best films of 2011. Shoutout to the beautiful city of Waco, TX. City of my birth and hometown of director Terrence Malick.

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Rod 04/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A drama of life in totality. A film seeking, questioning, and surrendering life to God. This follows a story of a family who could have seen life entirely. *** I rarely appreciate movie like this. Few dialogues. Shots coming from nowhere. Very quiet and yes, boring. But this film is different! Who would not be satisfied on performances of Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain? Who would not be hooked on this argument of life, God, and Science? I think, the filmmakers did an amazing job on this. This is not just out of the box execution of an incredible story and representations, this is film without a box, no boundaries on techniques and style, superb story and stellar performances. THIS IS FILM. Great and exceptional.

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06/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Everything in a nutshell.

Guess who got snubbed for Best Director.

Terrence Malick has proven himself to be a very unaccountable director. He never does interviews, barely ever lets himself be seen in public, and he makes strange editing decisions, often editing the majority of an actor's performance out of the movie… And with The Tree of Life, he yet again delivers something baffling.
As for Malick's direction: It's one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen in my life, if not the most beautiful.
It feels like every frame, every shot in this film has a story behind it, a philosophy. Like it's a part of a clockwork that energizes our lives. And of course it has that Terrence Malick feel to it. The long, poignant shots and the ominous whispers. This is not a film for people who don't like Malick's movies, ...

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06/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A masterpiece.

The Tree of Life is one of those films that you either love or hate - there is no middle ground. It questions the existence of God and shows the truly important things in life in a way that makes the viewer search for the answers himself - but they are hidden in plain sight.
The film itself is about Sean Penn's character who remembers his childhood after he learns that his younger brother has died, trying to say goodbye when it is too late. The scenes in the film are like remembering your own childhood - you don't remember all of it but you are able to recall the innocence of it and some of these not-so-important moments that become important later because they stick with your forever. The plot would've made the movie boring if it wasn't done in such unusual way. The cinematography and ...

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04/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dull as ditch water and less awe inspiring.

I wish I liked this but I didn't. I like a film that makes me think and even better, one that makes me either see the world differently or change my viewpoint on something. I hesitate to make assumptions on the aims and objectives of writer, director or producer on this one and can only say that I I loathed it! Despite huge ambition, the metaphysics failed to awe and the story arc failed to move me. During the last few minutes all my mind could express was 'Please end now'. To be honest I found the opening credits of Star Trek Voyager more moving. Why did the one female character have to be so vacuous? Why were the male characters so at odds with each other and the world? It all felt too pretentious, too self conscious and too up its own Grand Canyon.

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Looks outstanding...but then again, I also thought the same about New World and that movie wasn't all that great.
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