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27th May
2011
written by Adam

Trying to sum up a Terrence Malick film in a few sentences is kind of like trying to write the step by step directions of how to ride a bike, it’s hard to do. But, here goes, on the surface, three brothers growing up in the 50’s learn about right, wrong, trust, and what appears to be the natural order of things; life lessons that will shape who they become when they grow up, for better or worse. The actual film goes much deeper than this though as it’s not structured so much as a narrative in a chronological order, but as many vignettes that speak to what it’s like to be a kid, what makes us human, and where we’ve come from….I think. It’s poetic, esoteric, enigmatic, harkening back to those existentialism
courses you took in college and will give you plenty to chew on if that’s your bag. Otherwise it may be a bit too “out there” or pretentious for some, after all sometimes a banana is just a banana. That being said the performances from Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn and new comers Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, and Tye Sheridan are downright astounding, loving, and gut wrenching at the same time. The Tree of Life is rated PG-13.

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