Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tree of Life

I recently viewed the film The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. While I was skeptical at first with many of the photography images I thought pretentious kitsch overload in the movie making domain, it won my heart over. It is a must see and a recommended movie for everyone. The film can be slow, beginning with the birth of three boys and their gradual maturity. The death of the oldest son makes the film go back and forth abstractly to their childhood home and family. It takes place in the 50's and Brad Pitt expressed the mood and tension poignantly of his character. It is a reflective piece and a quiet honest psychological observation on the thoughts from the characters. It is a subtle and hopeful film of quality.