There’s something about the new poster for Terrence Malick’s forthcoming Tree of Life that has an E.T. quality about it. It’s tough to put a finger on, but it’s there. However, there’s nothing Amblin-like about the new synopsis coming straight from the director’s mouth.
Except that it focuses on an 11-year-old boy and a family in the Midwest.
Other than that, there’s nothing Spielbergian about it.
Hop off your front porch swing, and check out the poster after the jump.
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The official synopsis you asked for? Comin’ right up:
“From the Desk of Terrence Malick….
We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.
From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle – precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.
The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family – our first school – the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.”
Wow. Spoiler Alert on all that hope stuff.
It actually sounds like fairly typical dramatic fare from Malick. He’s clearly a talented filmmaker, but the only way this film will succeed is if he finds a way to make what he puts on screen connect to the audience. Airy and esoteric just doesn’t work.
What do you think?