For those seeking a memorable night in the cinema, The Tree of Life is screening today at Dubai Mall (5.30pm, 8.30pm, 11.30pm) and Dubai Marina Mall (5.50pm, 8.40pm, 11.30pm).
Since its premiere at this year's Cannes - where it won the prestigious Palme d'Or - Terrence Malick's film (montage? slideshow?) has been received with an overwhelmingly positive reaction from audiences the world over.
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw even called it "mad and magnificent".
I don't know about the latter, but the film is certainly mad.
Tree of Life's official press
release describes it as one that "chronicles the origins and
meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man's childhood memories of
his family living in 1950s Texas, interspersed with imagery of the
origins of the universe and the inception of life on Earth."
already? Well, wait until you see it.
Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
is stunning but also baffling, pretentious, and frustratingly
fragmented. I'm a fan of film plots that take their time to unveil
and climax, but this is pure comatose cinema.
De Niro, the head of the Cannes jury that awarded The Tree
of Life the festival's top
honours, explained that the film "had the size, the importance,
the intention, whatever you want to call it".
like Mr De Niro got confused, too.
watching the film, a friend and I spent the next five hours - huddled
in a corner of a bar - arguing about the film's merits. As we walked
home, both silenced and exhausted from the yapping marathon, he
blurted out, "Spending hours talking about it - isn't that the
sign of a good film?"
The Tree of Life and
tell us what you think.