The Thing 7/10
It's a prequel to the 1982 movie, but it has the same name. It was almost the same movie..so it was a prequel, but at the same time a remake..in a sense. That girl is no McReady (Kurt Russell). 1982 version had much better special effects than the CGI they use nowadays. The actors were better in the '82 movie and the story better. In the new movie the alien doesn't hide much..it's more in your face..which takes away from the suspense that the 1982 version had. But it was still entertaining. My favorite part was the ending when the sole survivor goes after the dog...which is the beginning of the 1982 movie. Great theme music.
The tree of life is in a league of its own. You have never seen anything like it. If you really have an appreciation for film making, you will be blown away by malicks directing. The biggest thing i got out of it, was that it really made me think about my own life and my childhood in particular. Broadly speaking, Its pretty much an observation on the life of a family and its done in such a unique way that you will not forget and you will recognize the beauty of film making.
I still don't know what to make of this movie. While the cinematography is absolutely stunning, the whole film feels like an overly pretentious 2 and a half long metaphor.
Objectively speaking, I see how this can be a great piece of art, but it was definitely not my cup of tea.
i am a huge malick fan and even i found the tree of life had some major issues, it was severely disjointed and it was even pretty loose at times. the sean penn stuff was just sickeningly mishandled, heavy handed symbolism and tbh overly sentimental- something malick at his worst is just short of tipping over into at times but imo never has before. the problem here i feel is he tried to make this film the project he went off the grid for 20 years researching, about the origins of the world and for that reason it ends up, as i mentioned, very disjointed.
i really do think the film he intended to make and originally cut- which is 8 hours will be a much more accomplished work, i would definately pay to see that. of course its still wonderful at times- its malick- but i have to say after first viewing i think its his weakest film. still warrents an 8/10 and a purchase, plus a rewatch but its no days of heaven.
i think most of us that saw it on first release- thorp/rindoks/myself felt very similar things and a bit dissapointed, with malick you want and expect life afirming masterpieces. i fully expect him to turn me more spiritual with each film, this didnt quite do it.
Last edited by ukplayer4 : 10-23-2011 at 08:14 PM.