Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trailer: The Tree of Life

The official trailer for director Terrence Malick's (Badlands, The New World, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line) rather mysterious project The Tree of Life has landed.  The film, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn,  is the story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's and focuses on the coming of age of an eldest son, his complicated relationship with his father, and his disillusioned questions of the meaning of life.  The trailer is absolutely beautiful, and we can finally see traces of how the rumored metaphysical/sci-fi elements of the film might play out in the bigger picture. The overall aesthetic looks grounded in Malick's trademark naturalistic style, wide open spaces and epic landscapes that push past the edges of the screen.  Those additional cosmic elements, though, are what's seriously exciting.  This could be a major departure for Malick, and one I can't wait to see when it's released on May 27th, 2011.

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