The Tree of Life
Rating: Year:2011
Cast:Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain Length:2h 19m
Director: Terrence Malick Country:United States
Writers: Terrence Malick Genre:Drama
Synopsis: The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Rating:
Cast:Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
Director: Terrence Malick
Writers: Terrence Malick
Year:2011
Length:2h 19m
Country:United States
Genre:Drama
Synopsis: The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.

This is a very long, and quite tedious, artistic exploration of ... well, we're not sure of what. It includes some nice cinematography, pictures from space, very tedious and mostly meaningless voice-overs, and just goes on and on and on and on.

If this movie had started with 5 minutes of glorious visuals, then 5 minutes of the family drama - which is supposed to be what the whole thing is about - then we might rate it a three or even four. But this was two thousand three hundred and forty seconds of drivel. Amazing how such a boring film can be made using such good actors. We generally love Jessica Chastain, Pitt and Penn are quite good as well.

If you like arty, slow moving, convoluted movies, please, enjoy this one. We most certainly did not. At the one hour mark we actually had a discussion as to whether to stop watching or not. There is only ONE movie we have ever stopped watching before it was over - Death to Smoochy - but we had read such ravings by the critics, who apparently think they are supposed to love drivel like this, cuz it's "cerebral" or whatever, that we decided to watch until the end. Ugh. Bad decision.