November 10, 2011

The Tree of Life

Title: The Tree of Life
Year: 2011
Length: 139 minutes
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Starring: Hunter McCracken
With: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan
Music: Alexandre Desplat (mostly non-original music)
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Editing: Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: the childhood formation of a man's personal relation to God

My reaction
Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 0/4 (Terrible). Not that kind of movie.
Characters: 4/4 (Great)
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 4/4 (Great)
Special effects/design: 4/4 (Great). I could have done without the CG dinosaurs, though.
Acting: 4/4 (Great)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4). Most of it is crazy great, but the ending ruined it for me. What better way to follow up an awe-inspiring death of the universe than with 15 minutes of people hugging on a beach? Bah.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.0/4 (Good)

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