The Tree of Life ★★★★★

I don’t really write actual serious reviews for the most part. I feel like I’m never able to articulate my feelings about a film in a manner that actually gets across the points that I want to make and that doesn’t sound as though I’m trying to come off as a lot more smart and *~deep~* than I have any right to be. Despite this, I have some thoughts on this movie that I’d like to try to get down because it left me feeling some type of way.
1. I really enjoyed the way that religion was woven throughout the plot. The incorporation of the Book of Job and of choral hymn-like music really added a lot for me.
2. There was so much that I found to be visually stunning in both the parts of the film that were focused on nature as well as in the parts that centered around the family and suburban life. I never found myself bored with what I was seeing.
3. On a vaguely related note, the depiction of suburbia and of the nuclear family really stuck out to me. The family dynamic in this film is something that is deeply flawed and there were certain scenes that I found difficult to watch but in spite of this, there was still so much love that could be found within the members of the family.
4. The way that the loss of childhood innocence progressed along with the film really resonated with me.
5. On a more personal note, the concept of death - particularly in regards to siblings and to family in general - absolutely terrifies me. That being said, it’s something that I’ve found myself thinking about quite a bit in recent months. Due to some personal reasons, I tend to avoid media that centers around the death of a sibling so I was a bit hesitant to watch this but I am so incredibly glad that I did. The way that this movie portrays grief is heartbreaking because it gets it right. The last half hour of the movie that hit me the hardest and final scene was something that I’m going to be thinking about for a while. What I found interesting was that it isn’t like death comes as a surprise in this movie; you know how things are going to end from the start. I think that may have been one of the reasons that I liked it so much though. Despite knowing that the end will inevitably come, there is so much beauty to be found in life.
6. “The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by. Do good to them. Wonder. Hope.” :’)

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