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August 9, 2011


This is a weird movie. And I probably wouldn’t recommend it to most people. It’s hard to explain because it’s a really good movie, but in lots of really bad ways. Hesher is not a good guy. He’s not a nice guy. He’s not a friendly guy. He’s actually pretty crappy. But the themes and outcomes of the movie are very heartwarming and uplifting. See? Weird. I liked it, but I’m not real sure what else to say.

The Tree of Life

This is an even weirder movie. I honestly don’t know where to start. I loved this movie, and I hated this movie. At times I thought it was amazing and beautiful and so real. And at times I felt like it was crap. To me, it kind of feels like three different movies, in maybe 5 or 6 sections. The opening and closing of the movie are pretty abstract. There are a lot of pretty shots and voiceovers and random cuts, and it’s very interesting. At times confusing, but mostly just pretty. Then there are the other two sections that sandwich the centerpiece of the movie. They are nice and pretty at first, then they just get annoying. I felt like I was watching the nature channel, and really didn’t want to be. And… dinosaurs? What? Anyway… then there’s the centerpiece of the movie, which is, to me, most important, and should’ve really just been the whole movie. It was amazing. Brad Pitt was amazing. Jessica Chastain (whom I’d never heard of, but hopefully will see a lot more of) was amazing. And the two older siblings were amazing. I mean, really, really amazing. It’s still pretty artsy and slow, but it just feels so real that you can’t help but be sucked in. I could go on and on about this section, and I wish people could see this “part” of the movie without really having to mess with the rest of it if they don’t want to. It really is a work of art. It just took SO LONG to get there. And then so long for the movie to end after the “good part” was over. The film really was a huge experience, and I think I really enjoyed it for the most part, but I also felt like Malick somewhat took advantage of the viewer’s time. The movie just felt so, so long. The good thing about a movie like this is that there is so much going on that different people will feel totally different about everything. As we left the theater, a couple of old ladies leaned up to a group of younger people sitting in front of them and said “okay… so can you explain what we just saw?” and everyone laughed. I probably could’ve just shared that sentence as my review.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Torry permalink
    August 9, 2011 5:05 pm

    Re: Tree of Life. I agree completely. I felt like parts were amazing, but it seemed to try too hard and was entirely too long. Amazing acting, but should have been edited much shorter.

  2. leslie permalink
    August 10, 2011 2:30 pm

    Great review. It was weird because I would snap out of it and think, “woah I have been watching this for a long time” but then I would get sucked right back in. You are totally right though when you said the director tried to take advantage of the audience. I think the length and how long and slow it moved was intentional, and he was asking a lot of his audience. I cant stop thinking about this movie though and I am really glad I was in certain mood to enjoy it the way I did.

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