2011: #10 The Tree of Life


Directed by: Terrence Malick
Written by: Terrence Malick
Starring: Hunter McCracken, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
Distributer: Fox Searchlight
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 5/27/2011
Date seen: 6/4/2011
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $54 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 3 (Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Set Piece, Editing, Cinematography, Supporting Actor, and Trailer)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 4 (Set Piece, Editing, Cinematography, and Supporting Actor)

I never thought I’d be saying it but I’m not head over heels in love with Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. When I saw the film in June I had a lot of respect for its craft and for some of the ideas behind it, but I also thought it really slowed to a crawl in the second half and that it just didn’t know how it wanted to end. The film still kind of lost me in its final moments when I saw it again about a month ago, but I was even more enamored by what the film did right than I was before. From a technical perspective it’s easily the best crafted movie of 2011 and from a visual perspective the film’s power is absolutely undeniable. I also think that it expresses Malick’s world-view quite nicely and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Malick was trying to do. All told I feel this is too big to ignore and yet too flawed to embrace and as such I’m going to cut my losses and place it at number ten, a slot I usually reserve for wild card picks like this anyway.
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