Tree of Life (2011)



Filed under : drama, review

Ok, I have to admit - this film was not at the top of my list of movies to watch. When I first saw the trailer, I didn’t know what to think. And, when I actually went out and saw the movie – I had the same reaction, I didn’t know what to think either!

Let me just warn you, this film is not linear – it does not tell the story in a sequential order. The way the story is told is in bits and pieces, from past to present and from present to past. In a way, there’s a lot of back and forth – shifting from today and yesterday.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about).

Regarding the storyline itself, it was a bit interesting. And, I think it’s one of those movies where some can relate to the themes of the story. And, let me tell you – there were a lot of themes with many uses of symbolism throughout.

In a way, I think this movie is about coping with the cards that are dealt to us in life. As much as we would like to think that we can control our own destiny, there are times when we cannot. And, these times are those when circumstances and events happen beyond our control.

When these events happen, our faith is challenged. And, the question then becomes – how do we cope? How do we deal with what comes before us? Do we see the glass as half empty? Or, do we see the glass as half full?

I think there were a lot of “life questions” brought up in the movie, which really made me think. But, at the same time – there were some other parts in the film that I didn’t quite understand.

During these scenes, it almost felt like a documentary. And, that really threw me off and caused me to be a bit confused.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. About 30 minutes into the film, it really got kind of weird. And, let me tell you – there were some really long sequences in there!)

What the movie does is go back and forth telling the main story (from past to present and back again) but at the same time with the intermittent scenes (as described above), which gave the film a whole different feeling.

It made the film seem more of a cross between being artistic and documentary style. To be honest, I didn’t really understand the use of those scenes and wished the focus was more on the main story.

Overall, I think this is a film that people are either going to love or going to hate. It’s definitely not your average run of the mill type of movie – it seems to be made for a specific crowd.

For me personally, I had mixed feelings. I’m not quite sure what the message was (if any) as it seemed to be one of those open ended films. Honestly, when the movie finished – I just didn’t know what to think (just like this film).

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(Note: For those who have seen the movie, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for reading!)

Happy movie watching!

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3 Responses to “Tree of Life (2011)”

  1. ruth says:

    I just read two reviews from my blog friends, one love it the other doesn’t. So yeah, seems like a VERY polarizing film. I guess I’ll wait until I see it before making judgments.
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  2. Nostra says:

    Personally I could appreciate it artistically, but I did not enjoy watching it. It was overly long and the story was just too simple (the family bit of course). Would not want to watch this again….
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