Movie Review: Tree of Life
The beginning of the movie was really strange. It was just music and a slideshow taking us all over the world visually that is. That was the prelude to the movie which started at the end of a family tragedy that we never really get inside of. But the film is set in 1950s Waco, Texas. I have a friend who grew up there and it is white bread city.
You do get a feel for life in the USA at that time. And I think this played well in foreign audiences because it is a rare glimpse into a slice of life here. But I did not like the beginning it was over the top visually and also in terms of audio. I am going through some hearing problems now and movies with that much music and sound effects and stuff really does not help my brain and my psyche. But it probably won’t affect normal people at all.
It was pretty. The film was really beautiful and wonderfully shot. The acting was first rate and Brad will get another nomination probably two and he will go up against himself this year one can easily predict. Moneyball was a real winner and Brad’s performance in Tree of Life is also a winner.
Sean Penn has a small role as the grown son of the family who also becomes an architect. There are some trying moments and times for the family as dad played by Brad is often abusive towards his kids. Everything turns out well.
The film ends the way it began with lots of footage that was pretty to look at with some plaintive music in the background that bothered my ears but like I said normal people won’t have a problem with the music, the setting, the photography and the story line…when they finally get to it.
- Best of 2011, number 3: The Tree of Life (chicagoreader.com)
- The Tree of Life (2011) (thefilmoracle.wordpress.com)
Posted on December 24, 2011, in Reel Short Takes (movie reviews), The Reel Trough and tagged Brad, brad pitt, cannes, Moneyball, sean penn, texas, Tree of life, Waco Texas. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.