I Do Movies Badly: The Tree of Life by · Published January 31, 2019 · Updated March 5, 2019 The Tree of Life kicks off with a Bible quote from a book that should signal to you that – surprise! – there will be no easy answers. But when it comes to themes like creation, existence, significance, and memory, there shouldn’t be. Related Posts:Battleship Pretension's Ten Best Films of 2022Movie Meltdown: The Cult of the BeaverJim's Top Ten Films of 2022Monday Movie: Being There, by Aaron PinkstonMovie Meltdown: Ant-Man: The Kang Era BeginsThe Cast of Cthulhu: The Last Lovecraft: Relic of CthulhuMovie Meltdown: What the Hell was Going On in the Bronx?!Monday Movie: Adua and Her Friends, by David Bax Share
I would have thought that classical music was one of the most “orderly” styles of music, practically the pole which free jazz sets as its opposite. I also thought Pitt’s more cynical character would also be more likely to endorse breaking rules to get ahead, as opposed to Chastain’s “way of grace” accepting the constraints we encounter in life. After all, she learned her philosophy from nuns!
I preferred Tree of Life to Thin Red Line precisely because there was nothing but Malickian musings. In Thin Red Line always seemed to be interrupting a war film that should have been directed by anyone but Malick. Here they were the focus rather than the distraction, and in that context it’s more understandable why they would receive such focus.