"there are two ways through life. the way of nature and the way of grace."
... this is where terrence malick's ( badlands, the thin red line, the new world ) ambitious, perplexing new film the tree of life ran into problems with his fatally flawed brilliance. it is an attempt at evoking answers to questions towards the universe, much like stanley kubrick's 2001: a space odyssey, solidified by great performances from its cast, and a series of audacious sequences captured in breathtaking cinematography. unfortunately, malick concentrated on the concept through visual poetry so much that he somehow seemed to have fallen short on the narrative. though this is quite a rare kind of film, i cannot help but compare it to darren aronofsky's the fountain. both have stunning visual imagery with cerebral, metaphysical concepts, accompanied by nothing but a deep sigh of disappointment and exhaustion.
director: terrence malick
writer: terrence malick
cast: brad pitt, sean penn, jessica chastain
running time: 138 mins.
what can i do? ^__^