Terrence Malick needs to be credited for his acute style of writing in THE TREE OF LIFE. I am certain Malick is over the moon with his production shortlisted for the Oscars 2012. It is assumed that several rounds of voting’s take place prior to the final nominations being announced. I am baffled now as I was then when I heard that THE TREE OF LIFE and EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE made the cut over more broadly recognized movies of 2011.
The only thing that did run through my mind during THE TREE OF LIFE is what exactly was Sean Penn’s entire purpose? Walking through a city, stumbling over rocks, walking across red sand and then finally I believe walking to heaven and back. What is he doing? My answer lies in the words of Sean Penn himself.
“I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read,” Sean Penn Said. “A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact”. “Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context! What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.” If this is response from Sean Penn after during the premier what more would I need to emphasize on.
A movie that is stiff to watch (MELANCHOLIA) always ends up on a note that is hard to forget. In the case of THE TREE OF LIFE revisiting the movie just for the purpose of the article on its own is unquestionably painful to me. The Key word here is that it’s painful to ME. On another note Malicks production does seem to have earned a certain amount of positive vibes by a few critics. Yet would this be the case at all had this been a production without Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. This is where the key to its success lie; sheer star power!
I could not grasp her one bit; maybe you could.
TITLE: THE TREE OF LIFE
DIRECTED BY: TERRENCE MALICK
STARRING: BRAD PITT, SEAN PENN, JESSICA CHASTAIN & HUNTER MCCRAKEN
RATED: PG13 FOR SOME THEMATIC MATERIAL