The Tree of Life (2011)

Stunningly beautiful visually, Malick crafts an intriguing (and at times revelatory) meditation on forgiveness, nature and grace, the question of why a benevolent deity would let bad things happen, and one’s place in the universe. I loved the unconventional structure, although I thought the middle of the film suffered from some some repetitiveness and shapelessness. Films like this really showcase the medium; this isn’t a story that could be told nearly as well as a book, play, etc.

I give it four and a half stars, and a merciful dinosaur.

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