Terrence Malick has never made a bad film in his entire filmmaking carreer. Arguably one of the finest American directors alive today, he has crafted sublime pieces of cinema that transcends beauty, form and style. He’s been around a long time, starting in early 70’s, and until now, he’s made five full-length features. He might be a slow worker, but every release is as good as the last. For anyone who has seen Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World, you know the Malick I’m referring to. The maverick. The craftsman of wondrous, contemplative American cinema.
Now, The Tree of Life‘s trailer has just been released, and it’s heart-rendingly gorgeous. Truly Malickian in its lush visuals and trademark smooth camerawork, we may have another Malick masterpiece coming our way. It’s been described as a ‘cross-generational story’ of father (Brad Pitt) and child (Sean Penn), a coming-of-age period piece that sprawls across generations. Judging from Malick’s filmography, this will touch on big, profound themes of death, transience of life and nature’s beauty. The trailer itself oozes with so much beautiful, naturalistic imagery that most filmmakers can just dream of achieving in their entire career.
Even the soundtrack choice is wonderful, using Czech composer Smetana’s magical and operatic ‘Vltava‘.
The Tree of Life opens on 27 May, 2011.