Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Tree of Life (2011)

Directed by Terrence Malick

Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken


Long and meandering and cerebral, it’s stream-of-consciousness with a Steadicam. That’s Malick.

Beautiful photography, together with thoughtful set design, careful exposure, and a moving camera really capture the time and place. Wonderful astronomy, geology, and biology effects.

Great acting, or non-acting, from the kids. Pitt and Chastain are good, but their parts are so fragmented that it’s hard to assess their performance in aggregate.

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