More Amazing 'Tree of Life' Buzz from Guardian's David Thomson
"What can one say about The Tree of Life? Just that for nearly 40 years it has been apparent that Malick might make a movie that could alter our understanding of what cinema should be. This may be it." I just had to open with that quote from The Guardian's David Thomson as that pretty much sums up my excitement for this film and why I'm trying to contain my anxiety waiting for Cannes to hit (can't wait!!). Yes, this is pretty much pure hype, but it's a great way to kick off Easter weekend - thinking about how in over a month we'll all be able to experience the new Terrence Malick (hopefully) masterpiece in theaters.
I caught this piece from David Thomson, which was actually just published yesterday, courtesy of Daring Fireball & Coudal. I'm not sure what prompted Thomson to write about The Tree of Life and Malick like this and I'm not sure if he's even seen it yet, though I feel like he's hinting between the lines here that it might be a possibility. I don't know, but it's a great read anyway, especially for anyone who is a die-hard Malick fan and/or are impatiently awaiting Tree of Life. Here's another great excerpt talking about the magic of Malick:
"But it's magic, too, because in this age of diminution and vulgarity at the movies, Malick conducts himself with the austerity of Chaplin and Kubrick – doing it his way, disdaining the press, but getting people to pay for it all. Never forget that a movie director is not just a master of imagery and drama, a conductor of actors, music and design. He is a guy who can persuade someone to put up millions on an airy conversation about life, plants, astronomy and philosophy. This is more than magic. It is the nerve that makes us believe in magic when we know it doesn't exist." Read the full article
Interesting thoughts. Reading around, there's even been a bit of retaliation to Thomson's quote, as is always expected. I just can't wait to see what Malick has come up with and what the hell this thing is even all about. With more interesting quotes like this next coming from an early screening, well, it's very hard not to be uncontrollably excited for this. Both via The Film Stage: "The film is as unlike as 2001 as it can be, but its craft and emotional ambiguity are as singular as 2001." "Pitt is gonna win an Oscar but this is too out there for Best Picture. I can't say anything else…" So vague, but that's what makes the anticipation magical, which is exactly what Thomson is talking about. Try and contain you're excitement, there's still a month left.