Originally Posted by supergoing
The Raid - me still no seen!!!
Man! The Tree of Life. Put me through some serious snakes and ladders of enjoyment in the duration of watching the film. Which kind of holds true to what I'd actually read about it. Apparently some people were giving it standing ovations in the cinema at its conclusion, while others had walked out mid-screening.
Definitely for me, at the start of the film, I think I thought - "I already don't like this film, I'm going to hate this film". It radiated an air of pretentious existentialism, which, for most of the time, gives me baddddd hayfever. The series of Worldly life images and events, while quite stunning, just bellowed: "oh it's this type of film" cliches. It did become fun for me to predict what the next image would be, and what would be seen later on (I got alot
correct! My favourite of which was jellyfish!). I also felt like I've seen all of this before in many 'save the planet', 'Life's Wonders', awareness films.
When it began to get into the story a bit more, with the family and the boys, I found myself getting involved with them, (if you will). It sort of blew open to me, and it did begin to make me think about things in my life, that have happened, or may yet happen, and how I can affect them. I ended up liking the film.
I still feel as though I may have missed things, though, which, on a second viewing, would add even more to my enjoyment of it; and so that is what I intend to do at some point. I've got bit and pieces, but, I don't think I'm truly there as to what the complete message was that the film set out to elucidate. (Were all the versions of the characters, shown in the film, in Heaven at the end?)