Wow. Where do you start in describing Terrance Malick’s The Tree of Life? It is a wonder to behold: the equivalent for saying Star Wars is a movie to be watched.
It stretches the limits of what a film can be. Plot, or story, or characters are only an occassion for displaying the grandest of visions with the grandest of gestures. Taking the film’s themes on its own terms, Malick is looking across the span of creation for evidence of Nature and Grace. Nature and Grace play back and forth. Sometimes the effects are wondrous, sometimes they are brutal, sometimes they seem like expressions of joy and love, sometimes, they portray the deepest of loss and death and sorrow.