Terrence Malick’s new film Tree of Life is not for everyone. So much so a local theater in Connecticut has been forced to post a Boredom alert because of the number of walkouts and it appears demands for a refund.
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as “Badlands”, “Days of Heaven” and “The Thin Red Line”, “The Tree of Life” is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).
Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
The movie is a non linear discombobulated film where down is up and up is down and dogs do the tango with Cats. Unfortunately it seems that some people at a theater in Connecticut called Avon Theater are not doing any kind of looking to see what this movie is about before going to see it.
This has resulted in the theater having to post a sign ( via JoesView ) warning patrons that yes… you might very well be bored to tears by this movie. Although they have a much nicer way of putting it. Another way to read the sign is ‘if your a simpleton go watch something else.
I have to ask do you even relate to people who blindly go and see a movie without even reading a synopsis? Is there so many mindless Brad Pitt and Sean Penn fans that all it takes is their name to sell tickets? All it takes is to watch the trailer and you can clearly see this movie might not be for everyone… or anyone depending on who you ask