Great to go the cinema without any idea about what the subject matter. I went to see the much anticipated Terrence Malick's Tree of Life.
It has the best two male actors Hollywood can offer: Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. But also superb children's performance.
Darwin, religion....and dinosaurs?
There is drama and there is an absence of it. All the times are mixed in a medley, as are the photographic images of elements.
I could have counted one hundred different images. The editing and the sequencing is very harmonious. It is artistic and poetic. There is beautiful music and beautiful imagery.
It is an allegory of life. An attempt to understand the origins and the end. Space and earth. Our place in a larger narrative. It is philosophical.
Photography in all its sophistication. Replete with symbolism. An atypical film. A lot of acting and very little dialogue.
A life. A childhood. A perspective. Memories. Experiences. Emotions. Lessons learned. Lessons given. Life in its routines and its milestones. And music to accompany the images of joy and pain. Much prayer.
Brotherhood and parenthood.
The film is about life...and the belief in God.