The Tree of Life (2011): 7/10 Well. It may sound surprising for some as this movie title isn't something much heard but it was recommended to me for many people out here and all for bad reasons. Years back, on the same weekly post, Grand Nova first introduced the movie and advised me to watch, not because he liked it but he thought that I like slow, dull, highly substantial and pretentious art-house cinema. Then, recommendations came from Tyler Darden, Harsh and others. Interestingly enough no one liked it but they all predicted that I'll definitely like it.
Well, not to disappoint their presumption, I must say that I like the cinema. And, because it has powerful characterization, very substantial writing, philosophical substances, and thought provoking cinematography. With most of the movie, cinematography could be beautiful and mesmerizing but it's rare when it compels you to think and the eccentric nature of visualization of the film does it so well. Like it is hypnotizing you, heisting your mind from you and you feel completely lost. I don't know but there was a moment when I was completely captivated, compelled and asleep by thought. Can't really say what happened. The fact that it tries to envisage origin and meaning of life through telling a story of a family ignited my curiosity to understand the universe more. The movie answers many questions of complexity of life and also injects some grave questions like why the prime character of the movie Mr. O'Brien was so strict and authoritarian, why Mrs. O'Brien was so suffocated and submissive to her family, and why Jack become a sadistic, and violent to nature and rebellious to his father. These all things are aid in understanding the aspects of human relationships, its love, grace and nature.
I won't say that everyone can like it. It may be just I feel highly connected with Jack O'Brien as we both somewhere share common stories of life. But, for those whom my words have excited can go ahead to give it a shot.