Sunday, May 29, 2011

"Unless You Love, Your Life Will Flash By"

In my mind, what Cormac McCarthy is to the written word, Terrence Malick is to film: He's an artist who finds glory and grandeur in the tiniest moments, and a spiritual inevitability in the most mundane and often destructive of human undertakings. The films he makes are lovely and powerful -- poetry both brilliant and eminently maddening.

This is one of the reasons that I've been anticipating The Tree of Life -- which just took the Palme d’Or at Cannes -- probably more than any other movie this year.

And while Malick constantly reaffirms why he's one of the world's most vital filmmakers, Roger Ebert's recent take on his work reminds us why he is one of the most astute and talented writers in his genre.

Read on, then watch the trailer for The Tree of Life if you haven't seen it yet. It's just about moved me to tears more than once.

Roger Ebert's Journal: A Prayer a Beneath the Tree of Life/5.17.11


Anonymous said...

The shot of the kids chasing the DDT fog spewing truck brought back a sharp childhood memory. What the hell did we do to ourselves doing that?

Home Inspector Expert said...

The movie was beautiful, and possibly the best movie I've ever seen. It is not within the realm of any other movie, therefore there are no comparisons (except for maybe another Malick movie). This movie is pure emotion, it is an experience. The acting is so seamless that you feel as though what is going on is actually taking place. And yes, of course, the visuals are amazing. The cinematography and graphic effects are the best I've ever seen (I've seem a lot of movies people!). Some criticize Malick for losing grasp on the plot or veering too far away from a single narrative, but I believe that's the point. This movie does NOT have a traditional plot structure, there is actually nothing traditional about it whatsoever. You must go into this movie with an open mind, and be ready to let yourself go a little. It runs very slow, but that is the beauty. The music is absolutely breathtaking as well. I really hope you enjoy it, because it may be my favorite movie of all time.