Tree of Life
The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Read on for my review
What they don’t tell you is that there is dinosaurs, visions of creationism, and polarizing artistic mumbo jumbo. Maybe I am not smart enough to understand the art of the film, or maybe it was lost on me grasping for a plot line. I should have known when the DVD recommended that I turn the volume all the way up to be able to experience the movie. Thank God I am one of those annoying people that watches DVDs with subtitles.
Is it best picture, absolutely not. I don’t need to see all the nominated movies to know that. Best Art Direction? Maybe. Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt delivered solid performances as a suburban mid-century couple in Waco TX. Its a shame however that it got lost in its high-level über pretentious film making.
I wish there was more that I could pull more of a plot from the summary, but there really isn’t. The middle hour of the movie examining the unraveling of innocence in a young mans life at the hand of his stern father could have been a great movie within itself. I just couldn’t get behind it. My mother, Jesse and I all thought that we would ultimately spend more time arguing that the movie needed more substance than the run time itself.