Every 2011 top ten movie list I came across was touting this Tree of Life jazz. One of my all time favorite movies is The Thin Red Line and so I thought, ok Terrence Malick, you crazy awesome bastard, I'll check out your Brad Pitt movie. How can we lose?
FAIL! This movie seemed like a drunken parody of a Terrence Malick movie. If you were going to make fun of his style: the breathy narration, long curvy landscapes and strange angles from which he rises around all the actors--then this little Tree of Life movie would have been the greatest comedic gesture of all time. However I think it was supposed to be very serious, and therefore the whole time I sat there with my mouth kind of ajar as if to say, WHAT THE HELL, MALICK? Seriously--Sean Penn was completely irrelevant--why was he there at all, I wondered? There were many gorgeous moments for sure, but all in all this movie left me numb and frustrated and really I just wished he had done the whole thing with just the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs were awesome. Maybe just dinosaurs and Brad Pitt living in a shack along the river before the KT Extinction would have been awesome.
I hate to be a hater, cause I do love the guy, but Terrence, NO. This one made me mad.