Astonishing, moving and meaningful, but only for those that understand it.
, 12 Sep 2011
The Tree of life is like no other film you will ever see, it is a one off and unique. Like all films one has to relate to it in some way, if you can't or won't, then it is meaningless to you. For me, as a father it made total sense, as I made the same mistakes as the main character, as played by Brad Pitt, and was strict and overbearing at times with my sons. If I could have my time again, oh how I would change things! And yet even though I made many mistakes, I loved my kids far to much. Yes it is possible to do that, and you end up over protecting them and somehow smothering them or even stunting them, but you just don't know it at the time. The film brought back memories and many regrets, but like these parents you only get one chance to bring your family up, there is no trial run and you start from scratch and from instinct for what is best for them, you don't always get it right, parenting for one family may not be the same for all, I brought my kids up in the same religious way, I now, in my later life, realise it was wrong, but my motives were pure. So, you see now why you have to relate to the tree of life, your life is not my life, we all have different settings with different ethics and principles, we act accordingly and no'one can say we are right or wrong, parents only can only do what they think is right at the time. I thought the film was stunning and truly different from all the usual Hollywood crap that never deals with what it is to be human with all our frailties and imperfections. Yes, I am a Malick fan, I make no apologies for that. For me the man is a genius and a modern day cinematic poet, his films mean something, they make a statement and that kind of film is what we humans need to make us stand up and damn well think! I have not one criticism for this film Malick's work is so very different and his eye for the camera angles and long shots lets you know your watching something special. I was so very moved by the premise of the film. Even though the father made mistakes, his kids forgave and realised he did his best, they loved him as he loved them. Love and forgiveness comes shining through in the film and after all if we can all do that what a better world we would have. As for my own grown up children, yes I did many wrong things, but if you can forgive me, then please do. I will love you all till the day I die. I am truly sorry. Parents all around the world should see this film, and their children. It will help in your understanding of each other and how difficult it is to get it right every time. Well you just can't! Forgive if you can, if you can't then try and realise that you aren't perfect either. Terence Malick is a truly great, director and human being, I wish I could meet him one day. Oh well, I can dream can't I?
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