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七月

The Tree of Life

   Posted by: admin   in 來稿, 影評試影室, 香港影評人協會

The Tree of Life tries to explain the origins of the universe and talks about a Texas family in the 1950s at the same time. When I was forced to float in the universe for 10 minutes and then I was shown a merciful dinosaur, I could not help but ask myself a question: WHERE IS BRAD PITT? The cosmic scenes are indeed narrative distracting, though thematically related.

Featuring low-angle shots, minimal dialogue and some inner monologue asking God questions, the film talks about the natural cycle of life and death, the ups and downs in a life, the infinitesimal nature of humans and the existence of God. The resolution comes suddenly in this impressionistic movie and the ending is of religious significance. In the movie, there are some obscure symbols intentionally left open to wide interpretation. Please note that the theatrical version is 138 minutes long while the first cut of the film is 8 hours long.

As for the cast, Brad Pitt, who plays the role of the authoritarian father, acts very well. However, Sean Penn’s character is underdeveloped, which is a waste of his talent for acting.

On the whole, this art-house movie with poetic images is NOT for everybody.

Kenji Chan

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