The Tree of Life
Many people will differ from this review but I honestly believe the core plot of this film has such potential but the director just took his artistic shots too far to the detriment of the film itself. The story follows a 1950s family of 3 boys and their journey through adolescence told from the perspective of the eldest, Jack. Jack’s relationship with his very strict father – played by Pitt – is complicated to say the least and as the film jumps forward to the present an adult Jack – played by Penn – reflects back on his life and tries to piece together his existence and purpose.
There’s a strong element of faith throughout the film, the creation of life and the existence of heaven and this is where the director just goes too far in my view. Beautifully shot, don’t get me wrong, but just isn’t my cup of tea. The first 30mins feels like watching an artistic powerpoint slideshow of David Attenborough nature scenes. One guy in the cinema was so keen to leave by this point he literally fell over himself racing up the aisle to get out! I have to admit I was considering the same but I’m glad I kept with it as the once that finished and the family storyline began properly, I did begin to enjoy it much more….I just wish the director would’ve focused on the movie, plot and acting rather than force an art exhibition on us.