Have you seen the movie Tree of Life yet?
But don’t go, expecting a normal, run-of-the-mill movie. If pressed to describe it, I would say it’s a mix between a movie and a Nature Channel montage (amazing pictures, to say the least!), with an out-of-this-world soundtrack. It’s a story about a family, but so much more than that. It’s a story of that family within the context of the cosmos. Yep, you heard me right. The cosmos.
If you want someone else’s opinion, there are so many out there. Start with Manohla Dargis’s review “Malick’s Film Adds a Dose of Sincerity to the Festivities” in The New York Times, which was written shortly after the movie got booed off the stage at the Cannes Film Festival. Then in a strange turn of events, the movie won the film festival’s top prize.
I can’t say what Terrence Malick’s purpose in making the movie was, but I can guess. I think the movie is a retelling of the age-old story of Job—a fleshing out of the utter helplessness and despair of Job, the silence of God, the yearning for life’s meaning (and explanations). That the answers are still hidden, even if we believe in God.
I’d be interested in what you thought.
Below, you’ll find one of my favorite pieces from the movie. [Sadly, the Tree of Live movie soundtrack includes none of the songs that actually make the movie!]
On Saturday, I’ll post a Grooveshark playlist of all the pieces from the movie I’ve been able to find. They’re the kind of soaring pieces you need to fill the spaces of your house (and heart) with.
[Post image: Lone tree by annsam on stock.xchng]