Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain all showed up at Cannes, for the debut of their film The Tree Of Life.
The movie is getting very mixed reviews. Some are calling it a masterpiece and one of the best films ever made. Others are less as joyful in their reviews.
The Hollywood Reporter likens the movie to 2001: A Space Odyssey, claiming Tree is “hardly a movie for the masses and will polarize even buffs.” But the review goes on to say that there are “great, heady” things in the film, “both obvious and evanescent,” that will qualify it as an “exceptional and major film.” And the trade hails Pitt’s performance as one of his fines.
Variety calls the movie an “extraordinary” and “transfixing” through time and memory.
And then there are the outright haters.
Entertainment Weekly gave Tree a big thumbs-down, describing the movie as a sermon that goes off on too many tangents.
Movieline bashed it, too, calling the film a “gargantuan work of pretension and cleverly concealed self absorption” in which Malick pays more attention to the gorgeous photography than he does to the characters.
I will have my say, when I see this highly anticipated film on June 17. Looking forward to seeing and reviewing this film.