Tree of Life, The
Rating = B-
I see two ways to
look at this production.
First, as an art piece — like a video done by a video artist
and shown in a modern art museum. In this light, it is pretty impressive, but overly long (e.g.,
the creation segment and the heavenly beach segment with its endless-part choral Amen).
the images and the music are beautiful, and the use of only fragments of dialog is interesting.
Second, as a movie. In this light it is self-indulgent to the
extent that the director fully qualifies for the characterization of “a wanker.”
[2011-06-24, Cape Cinema, Dennis, MA]