The Tree of Life

Posted by Jon

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life opens across the US tomorrow, and these stills for the film look amazing. I’ve purposely been avoiding any news on it so I wouldn’t build up any expectations, but I couldn’t help but look at these images. I rarely go out to watch movies anymore thanks to Netflix, but this looks like something that would really benefit from a trip to the theater.

via io9

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Nick says:

July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Anyone interested in seeing this film–don’t wait to see it on Netflix! The images and sound are too good to be seen on a small screen. Not going to spoil anything for people who haven’t seen it, but the movie is shot so beautifully.


Seth Daulton says:

July 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

A trip to the movies is worth every penny for this film. I saw a few weeks ago at a nearby independent theater and was not disappointed. The film is like one long string of poetry. It’s structure was vaguely reminiscent of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” I loved it because it made you think, something that is being lost at the movies in this day and age.


sleepless says:

July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Watched it a few weeks ago. I did like the story independent scenes, they were just amazing. Indeed, 2001: A Space Odyssey immediatly was the fist thing that popped into my mind. But i have to say, that I was not able to enjoy the story (the rest) elements in the movie.


blueisola says:

July 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Some beautiful and wondrous cinematic imagery? Yes, without question.
A great Malick film that ranks with the rest of his nearly flawless output?
Not so much.


Ash says:

July 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

Agreed. But Netflix is no reason to not experience the cinematic adventure. I used to love going to the movies when I was a kid, and still do. Theres something about the smells of popcorn and candy in the air. The seats, just everything. I love the movies. Especially a drama like this one. Im always curious why people would choose Netflix over the theatre.


Steven says:

July 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

Every photographer should see The Tree Of Life. More than anything else, the imagery tells the story in this film, which is what we all hope to achieve with our own imagery, whether it is moving or still.


Porto Novo says:

July 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

This film definitely lived up to it’s expectations. Imagery has really never been as powerful and moving in a movie up until now. You watch certain scenes an almost feel a sense of nostalgia because the subtleties of life are caught so well. I could talk hours about this movie but I’ll just leave you to go view it for yourselves!

Also… I was iffy when I heard there would be dinosaurs in it, but that scene was honestly one of my favorite in the movie.


Evan says:

July 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

This film discriminates people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder and should be boycotted. Anyone exonerating it should be ashamed.


Cornelius says:

July 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Great visuals. However one of the most clichéd, self indulgent, pretentious, ill conceived films I’ve seen for a while. I love profound cinema and am no stranger to some pretentious stuff, but this was just so damn cheesy. Avoid.


Chris Deutsch says:

July 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Honestly, was really disappointed by this film. Yes, the visuals were amazing, but the story was mostly crap and seemed to be artsy just for artsy sake. I was looking forward to this movie more than any other this year (“Another Earth” is a close second though, which comes out soon…here’s a link to the trailer: specifically because of the trailer. A movie with amazing cinematography and imagery makes a wicked cool trailer, but not necessarily an amazing film. I’ll probably watch it again when it comes out on blu-ray if just for the visuals, but all I could think when I was watching it in the theater was holy esoteric, batman…


Jeremy Carrus says:

July 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Snooooze fest. I was fighting the urge to walk out of the theater. I agree the imagery was amazing but the lack of being able to feel any connection with the characters made this movie feel like a collage of random images from someones memory. I felt like you could have shown the footage in any order and it still would have had the same effects. I honestly can’t remember much from this film because I was ready to fall asleep from watching it.


AK says:

September 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I agree with the haters. This film bored me to tears. Disjointed storyline, confusing imagery, sllllooowwwww and loooooooonnnnggggg. Terrence Mallick just isn’t for me.