Originally Posted by robbie
I saw it June 24,I was one of 3 people in the theater when it was over. So many people got up and left. When I left the theater the couple who sat the movie out asked for a refund.
I don't think the vast majority of people who will see it in the upcoming weeks will 'get it'
. It is incredibly ambitious, visually appealing, but could have been executed differently. I will see it again, and honestly I hope it cleans up at awards. It deserved the Palm d' Or, and anything else it receives considering the utter swill that's been released recently.
Funny you mention that, since Sean Penn didn't 'get it' either:
I didn’t at all find on the screen the emotion of the script, which is the most magnificent one that I’ve ever read. A clearer and more conventional narrative would have helped the film without, in my opinion, lessening its beauty and its impact. Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing there and what I was supposed to add in that context! What’s more, Terry himself never managed to explain it to me clearly.
I finally got around to seeing the film and did not like it. I felt it was trying way too hard to be a cross between 2001 and Fantasia without getting anywhere close. While the cinematography was stunning, nor the script, the narrative, or concepts were at the level of the cinematography. I am a big fan of utilizing non-CGI effects, such as in The Fountain, but at least the The Fountain, which was not a 'good' film had a contextual vision which The Tree of Life is lacking. There are other aspects that I found laughable, such as showing the 4.6 billion years of the forming of the earth, dawn of life, dinosaurs with empathy (when is the last time you saw a bird with empathy?), and then suddenly making everything about god a-la Intelligent Design. Also, the beach 'heaven' scene only helps to solidify the utter nonsense that is the concept of heaven.