The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011)

2011 PG-13 139 Minutes

Drama | Fantasy

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries...

Overall Rating

7 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • This movie was pretty good, but it wasn't life changing, at least for me. The first 30 minutes were very obnoxious while I was watching them, because I was thirty minutes in and still watching some nature shots, stunning of course, but with dramatic opera music. I did pay attention- it was definitely original in its approach to deliver its theme, but I was never moved or taken aback by any shots of the ocean or the Milky Way. Perhaps I was disconnected from the emotion it was trying to convey. I was about to turn it off in fear that this would be the movie with a few shots of Jessica Chastain caressing curtains, because good lord I was already tired and the sounds of nature was enough to send me into a sleep induced coma, and finally the story started. This was easy enough to understand- a 1950s household with three boys, a gentle mother, and a pretty strict and controlling dad. The oldest son feels so much disdain towards his father and is often heard whispering things like "tells us to take our elbows off the table. He doesn't." This does have an interesting effect but the first time I heard him whisper it took me off guard and I almost laughed. Still, the movie did have a very quiet way of addressing the family's problems, because it's a very gentle movie. I appreciated that. I know the point it what was trying to get across and it made sense. The ending- eh. If it was supposed to be super powerful it didn't shake me. The cinematography was gorgeous though and pretty well acted by Pitt and Chastain. Not a bad movie just not the one for me.