I first saw the trailer for “The Tree of Life” when it played in the theater before “Black Swan.” When it was done, I leaned over to my friend and whispered, “I have no idea what that movie is supposed to be about.” After watching the trailer a second time, I still have no idea.
Here’s what I know for sure: It stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and was directed by Terrence Malick.
Here’s what I can infer: Pitt plays the father to a brood of boys in the 1950s. He’s extremely hard on his children, thinking the only way they’ll grow up to be real men is to be emotionally abusive, and as a result, as his kids grow up they distance themselves from him. Penn plays the adult version of one of the boys, and as a result of his harsh upbringing, he’s an emotionally crippled person.
Here’s what I wildly assume: Penn is haunted by some traumatic childhood incident that he blames his father for. He will spend his adult life coming to terms with it. Tears will be shed, lessons will be learned, and emotional growth will occur. Hugging, no doubt, will be involved.
Also starring Jessica Chastain and Fiona Shaw, “The Tree of Life” will bring the drama with the heaviest of hands on May 27.
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