2012 Oscar Movies #6 – The Tree of Life

Wait…..what happened?

Oh, Academy. You are full of surprises. Usually your Best Picture nominees are so predictable – dramas with social messages and a couple of popular movies that have no chance of winning. But as I’ve said before – many times now – it’s a weak year. And in weak years we get some interesting nominees. The weirdest of the bunch by far this year is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

In usual circumstances I doubt I would have seen Tree of Life. Malick isn’t my favorite and the descriptions and reviews of this experimental escapade made me wary. But it got a Best Picture nomination, so into the DVD player it went.

I don’t regret seeing the movie. Not at all, really. So that’s something. I doubt I’ll ever see it again, so that’s something different. It’s the kind of movie that makes me feel a little dumb and unsophisticated. Like I live down on the farm and only see the moving pictures if we have a good beet harvest. Even if I was raised and lived in the heart of a bustling metropolis and spent my days being chic and witty, Tree of Life would have me digging beets and hoping the outhouse was stocked with Sears & Roebucks catalogues. That’s not a feeling I generally seek in my movie viewing experience. It does, however, make me consider putting beets in my garden this spring.

Some of you will love this movie. Some will hate it. You can read my full review here. Up next on the Oscar Movie review rundown? The Artist.

Oscar Nominees Reviewed on Movie Rewind

The Tree of Life

Midnight in Paris

The Help

Moneyball

War Horse

Hugo

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