Must Watch: First Beautiful Trailer for Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

December 15, 2010
Source: Apple

The Tree of Life Trailer

Along with a nice teaser poster showing lots of skin (no, not like that dirty minds), the trailer for Terrence Malick's long awaited film The Tree of Life is finally here, via Apple. While the trailer has been attached to copies of Black Swan in limited release, this is the first time an official high def version of the trailer has been made available online. The beautiful trailer doesn't give us much of an idea of the story just yet, but the imagery and poetry of youth, growth and life is enough to get me excited. Featuring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and a breakout performance from Jessica Chastain, this drama looks like it'll be well worth the long wait.

Watch the first official trailer for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life:

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You can also watch The Tree of Life trailer in High Definition over on Apple

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 50's. It follows the life journey of eldest son Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years (Penn) as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack, as an adult, finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking out answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's images we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life. Fox Searchlight is bringing The Tree of Life to theaters on May 27th.

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  • Film Fan
    Beautiful cinematography, as always.
  • Xerxex
    Now that's a trailer. Got its point across and didn't reveal too much. From what I gathered this will be a great film. Here's hoping the music featured finds its way into the actual film.
  • Looks decent. With the short trailer too, it leaves a lot to the imagination. Recently with some trailers I've watched the whole film in 4 minutes, this gives away very little, but still has a great deal of emotion.
  • crumb
    oh hell yes. can't wait for a new malick.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    What a great way to make use of one of the beautiful pieces of classical music ever.
  • HB
    the perfect trailer
  • Xerxex
    SuicidalOptimist happen to have the title of the piece?
  • C.murder
    Terrence Malick always has great cinematography in his films but they are soooooo boring and he tries to be too artsy in all of them. The Thin Red Line is torture to sit through...... This looks like more of the same from him.
    • Jonbenet
       The Thin Red Line is no Spiderman. Im sorry for you it requires thought. If you are thoughtless and of the Mass, then you will find all good works of film intensely boring as you did Thin Red. Malick movies are meant to make you think. If you dont like to think, then dont watch malick movies lol..  Quite simple, though im sure complex for your types = ( 
  • pjs
    • disasterlove
      Thank you so much! I recognized the piece but couldn't place it. Was about to drive me nuts.
  • triangle face
  • Xerxex
    Thanks much pjs!
  • Piper
    Needs more robots.
  • tir na nog
  • Jeff Spicoli
    i just liked terrence malick on facebook :)
  • dave
    i am now super interested in watching this movie, thats how you make a trailer!
  • leinergroove
    kinda weird...
  • brank un
    unbelievable. i can not wait.
  • tinman
    um... what? So its a mix between the planet earth dvd's and some sort of Southern drama? again um... what?
  • jim
    looks really promising, i love terrence malick art
  • jim
    what does the small boy whisper? i dont get it, can anyone help out ;D`?
  • Cruzer
    This is what a REAL trailer is supposed to do. Absolutely breathtaking.
  • Risk
    That is simply a beautiful trailer.
  • John
  • NathanD
    "Come on son... Hit me" "What?!" "I want you to hit me as hard as you can" WHACK "AH! You hit me in the ear!"
  • Jaf
    Is the glass half-full or half-empty? It might look self-indulgent to some but I don't believe that was the intention. I thought it was great.
  • Ricardo
    "C'mon hit me, hit me!" Tyler, is that you? How do you know it has a "breakthrough performance from Jessica Chastain"? You get that just from the trailer or have you already seen the movie? It's beautigul allright, but will it entertain us? We'll see.
  • Loser
    This is a must see for me, I will be the first in line when it gets released. Awesome!
  • Ricardo
    Aaaargggh Nathan, you ruined my joke!!! It will take years before I'm able to use it again, dammit... Didn't see your comment, I'm ashamed now..There's room for both right? right?
  • AJ
    The back half of that looked like the end of Armageddon where everyone celebrated in slow motion. Are you sure Michael Bay didn't direct this under a pseudonym?
  • freudian slip
    those who call it pretentious have no brain
  • polmantor
    Best trailer ever? O_O
  • Chris C
    great trailer. thanks
  • 1544K
    Looks great, can't wait. Glad to finally see its coming to life.
  • A5J4DX
    not the best trailer but good
  • Scott
    No but it totally needs more robots...
  • Marc G.
    pretentious. I'll take Transformers over this any day.
  • josh
    !!! why can't all trailers be like this
  • Trifid
    I will take this over the mindless crap that films like Transformers love to peddle. I've always wondered about Bayformers. Their primary defense for films such as Transformers are: A) It's a shut your brain off kind of film. B) Story... Character... They don't matter because it's a shut your brain off kind of film. C) It's not going to win an Oscar... Because it's not pretentious. Also, it's a shut your brain off kind of film. These are your standard excuses offered up. Here's the thing. If you shut your brain off at any time. You would be dead, in a coma, or have had a lobotomy. Hmm... I might be on to something here.
  • AeonTown
    It looks exquisite.
  • danielvutran
    #38 Get over yourself. Taking things literally and out of context won't actually make you look any smarter to anyone. Transformers doesn't pretend to be deep, or meaningful. It's robots kicking each other's ass. Geez, hate people like you. Get off your high horse.
  • #40 Yet Marc G. called it pretentious and somehow that isn't someone on a high horse, as you say? You are silly. Everyone who hates a film based on a trailer (or hates person for invoking their opinion for that matter) is either trying to create controversy where not needed or just inconsiderate of other people's tastes. There is something in both films for everyone: One is a fun, action filled popcorn flick with robots and explosions, the other is a deep look into the human spirit that journeys through the fabric of time. To hate either film is both a waste of one's energy and a poor, thoughtless way to express a lacking desire to sit through a particular flick. Try this: Not my cup of tea. Now, back to the subject: This movie looks spiritual, thoughtful, and will surely resonate beyond its viewing. Too bad I think Transformers sucks a big pile of dog diarrhea and I hate Michael Bay. 😉
  • Tenacious V
    you had me at Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. But that was visually gorgeous. Look forward to seeing more.
  • Name (required)
    Yawn. Where the CGI and teh exposionz? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
  • wm
    so I'm going on a limb here. this film looks to be really cool, but I'm thinking the world is ending and this is what Penn is looking back on?
  • danielvutran
    #41 Wtf are you talking about? I didn't say I hated either movie. And I didn't say I hated him for speaking his opinion, I said I hate people like him who have a dumb reason to hate a movie, especially based on just a trailer. And why the fuck did you bring up Marc G.? I never once said I supported him. Looks like you're the one trying to stir things up, and putting words / assumptions in my mouth. All I said was that #38 was on a high horse and his reasons for insulting Transformers were illogical. Not only that, but he insulted people that LIKE Transformers. Re-read our posts again and realize literally everything in your post has nothing to do with what I wrote, and it's just you ranting about an imaginary post. Because what I wrote was nothing near what you imply it was.
  • TumM
    Every Film makers should hire this company to cut their trailer!!!
  • Iam
    WTF??? Really, that's a teaser, not a trailer....Come on . I don't understand what the F is going on. loll They mix images from movies like the "fountain" with pics of old America. Come on WTF??????? Am I supposed to be interrested in this??? Nope, I ain't, I'm sorry!
  • Iam
    Besides, on the poster we see a bearded Moses-like image of Brad Pitt who is not the same as in the above teaser Seriously WTF????? loll!
  • Evilb
    Anyone know what song was used in this trailer?
  • beavis
    that trailer left me stunned - very moving................i can't wait to see it opening night!
  • Delvis Crasho
    "...the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 50's." "Impressionistic" is putting it lightly.
  • uberman
    This is gonna be a classic. Nice to see a flick written and marketed to adults for a change.
  • Josveta
    amazing... feels like it's going to be epic
    i like the small specs of visual euphoria of space and marvelous sights to behold :)
  • Squiggly_P
    Uberman, you took the words right out of my mouth. It's so very rare now to sit down in a theater and see a trailer for something that doesn't involve aliens or zombies or goofy slapstick humor or explosions, etc. Why have we become a society of exploitation culture? That used to be a pretty underground, counter-culture movement. Now it IS the culture, and it's kind of disturbing.
  • If the plot synopsis sounds like Armond White wrote it in high school, your movie is in trouble.
  • damien94
    the new Transformers looks better than this.
  • danielvutran, Do you speak English? Are you relatively new to the language? Here's some links for you: Use those to reference the language before you decide to argue what I wrote. It is YOU who needs to reread MY post. The point I was making is that you dare call out someone as riding a "high horse" without acknowledging the others who made their own "high horse" type comments. You are neither important or significant to any argument with your pointless dribble. Additionally, you did say you hated him. I quote, "Geez, hate people like you." Unless I'm confused as to how hate works, you are stating you hate him. Get an education.
  • Trifid
    #40 Ahh... No high horse was present. Sorry to burst your bubble there champ. I should have made an addition to those excuses. "It's giant robots fighting! What do you expect! Did I mention it's a shut your brain off kinda film?" Right then. Anything new to add to it? I doubt it. Which was my point to begin with. No one is saying every film has to win an Oscar. It isn't going to happen nor should it. That being said, neither should a film go for lowest possible common denominator. Which Bay is a master of. I'll sum up a Bay film in just a few words: Paper thin story... EXPLOSIONS... Paper thin characters... EXPLOSIONS... Racial stereotype... Jitter cam... EXPLOSIONS... EXPLOSIONS. There, I just saved you $20.00.
  • dude…
    MY GOSH!! @ ModernAmericanMan and Trifid. People like you get me so riled up!! This is ridiculous - the trailer is for Tree of Life and half way down we're suddenly talking about transformers?! TRIFID - I get that you don't like transformers which is fine but COMPLETELY IRRELEVENT! I liked this trailer, I quite enjoy Transformers. The two things don't have to be mutually exclusive. And tbh i've gotta agree with Danielvutran - i hate people like you. To start laying into transformers on a completely different thread is to get on a high horse "champ". MODERN AMERICAN MAN - dude, what on earth are you talking about? I re-read the posts and i still couldn't make sense of anything you said! I know it's the internet so you don't have to be polite or sensical but mate please, please, please shut up and "get an education". You are both absolutely ridicolous and have been a momumental waste of my last 10 minutes. STOP INSULTING PEOPLE UNNECESSARILY AND GET OFF THE INTERNET. sheez.
  • dude…
  • Trifid
    #60 Someone took this personally. If you read the posts in their entirety, you might have have realized this for yourself and saving us the trouble. Neither I or ModernAmericanMan, referred to or brought in Transformers. It was Marc G. I quote, "pretentious. I'll take Transformers over this any day." Now, I understand that selective reasoning goes hand in hand with having no valid argument, but this one takes the cake. You my friend, do indeed need an education. At least in interpretation. Problem with people like you is, you can offer up criticism but you can't handle taking it. Let me try and explain this in layman's terms. I expect better. People like me expect better. The Michael Bay's of this world offer nothing, other than the general acceptance and mass appreciation of mediocrity. And for a lot of people, that is a tough pill to swallow. I'll say this again, every film needn't be an Oscar contender. So check your rage at the door. That being said, films as big as the Transformers, should, at the very least, be able to follow the basic tenants of film-making. It's about eroding standards. And yes, they are mutually exclusive. If you can't understand that, there's really no point in going further. Also, unlike you, I don't hate anyone. So good luck with all the hating. I'm sure it will come in handy one day. Looking forward to the caps lock filled psychedelic post. Anyways... back on topic. Fantastic trailer and I'll be there on opening day. :)
  • I find "dudes" performance to be extraordinarily believable. I actually believe he thinks a post in response to his, and his immanent inability to refrain from responding to said post, is a complete and total "waste of his time." I truly wish I cared about wasting the time of someone who needs to up his Paxil medication and probably break the Prozac's in half. I'm glad you're "riled up" dude. Hopefully you will remember that sometimes the only way to know we're alive is to feel emotions outside of our normal range. However, with you it appears the normal range is anger, hatred, and malice. I suggest a glass of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and a book by Eckhart Tolle followed up by a...Well...Terrence Malick film. Maybe what you need is peace as opposed to disharmony? Good luck with holding the shift key down on your next response.
  • Lebowski
    "I suggest a glass of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and a book by Eckhart Tolle" douche chills!
  • dude…
    I had to have a little smile at that. You guys! You really crack me up! I mean if I didn't have your hilarious insults to come back to I don't know how I'd get up in the morning... Oh wait! I do know how I'd get up in the morning. Like a normal person with a job, college and enough of I life to say "Terrific! You guys are so polite on the internet. It's a pleasure chatting with you." So while I would love to give you a "caps lock filled psychedelic post" I won't give you the satisfaction. Bye!!
  • Trifid
    #65 Awe... Isn't that cute. No life jokes.
  • writebrained
    #58: "You are neither important or significant to any argument ..." The correct phrase would be, "... neither important NOR significant ..."
  • fredrick
    LOL!! love reading comments who took other people's comments seriously or personally. Like seriously, do you have to fight all the time or act like you need not feel inferior? (heck yeah! it is very obvious) This is not an english nor a film class for crying out loud.. anyWAYS, back to topic,, it looks interesting but a little boring for me.
  • jjboldt
    #8 You are completely spot on. Looks nice, but I think his films are to slow and have a very monotenous feel to them. Hard to get engaged. I think The Thin Red Line was to disconnected like even though it is supposed to be World War II, it almost had a fantasy feel to it. And The New World had me constantly waiting for the point to come across. It was just sort of like here's Pocahontas and here is kind of what she was like and some stuff she did.
  • Marc G.
    fuck this noise. bring on TRANSFORMERS 3!!!
    • Flintguy
      Isnt it bedtime for children?
  • lando
    looks like someone is aspiring to make a movie with the scope and immensity of human experience in the vein of 2001? Bring it!
  • Jim Bustovsky
    Never liked Malick's films. His scenario team need a thesaurus to write normal dialogues. They're so stupid...
  • Randy Walles
    Not for an all team, I think they should watch in simple synonyms list to write dialogues. But I think you're right, Jim!




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