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The Tree of Life: Beautiful, Frustrating, Sad but Flawed

Director: Terrence Malick Screenplay: Terrence Malick Release Date: July 8, generic 2011 (Wide Release) Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki Actors: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan Quite honestly, I wanted to love this film. I love films that challenge my thinking, send me to self reflection and offer some deep meaning. However, despite all its abstract images and beautiful cinematography, I walked out hating it. Possibly Malick’s most personal piece, with similarities into his own childhood, “The Tree of Life” is a film that challenges the film industry and will be recognized for taking huge risks. I’ve allowed a few days after seeing the film before writing this review so my thoughts could sink in and I could give a more fair review than my initial reaction. “The Tree of Life” tries to ask questions that are bigger than itself, and is the depiction of Jack’s internal struggle with life and the meaning of his life, love and death. The overall theme of the film deals with living either the way of nature or the way of grace, and how despite taking either path, the lord will giveth and the lord will taketh away (aka “Why […]

Movie Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Director: David Fincher Screenplay: Eric Roth Cast: Brad Pitt, viagra 60mg Cate Blanchett, medical Tilda Swinton Release Date: December 25, 2008 Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald Every year, my family and I get together and watch a movie each Christmas. Last year it was “Charlie Wilson’s War”. This year it was the beauty of a tale, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. From the moment I had seen the trailers, I was intrigued by the storyline. The film follows the life of Benjamin Button, who, unlike everyone else, is born old, with all the ailments of an old man. Life is observed through his pair of eyes; everyone around him is growing old but Benjamin is growing younger. First and foremost, this film is a commentary on life, not only that of Benjamin Button’s, but on all of our lives, and how we all unknowingly have an influence on each other. On how we learn what’s important in life by the losses and experiences we go through, and never to take life for granted. This was a film filled with lessons, subtle and poignant, aided by an excellent screenplay that did not directly preach or tell the […]