Friday, June 10, 2011

The tree of life

Writer and Director: Terrence Malick

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, Fiona Shaw, Hunter McCracken

This is a bit of indulgence from director, Terrence Malick (Badlands) in a movie which examines father and son relationships. Jack O’Brian (Sean Penn) reflects on his love-hate relationship with his stern father (Brad Pitt), younger siblings and the after-effects of childhood tragedy. Jessica Chastain plays the boys’ nurturing mother and someone he wants to protect. Good performances from all the cast and particularly Hunter McCracken, who plays young Jack. But the mixture of wide vistas and extreme close-ups strung together by a disembodied narration did little for me.

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