December 14, 2018
Malick’s visuals are just one part of the story.
Terrence Malick is well known and widely celebrated for being one of the medium’s most visually conscious filmmakers. Ethereal and light, natural and nature-dependent, Malick’s films show the beauty of the world and, in doing so, his filmography remains timeless.
Take The Tree of Life, for example, the director’s 2011 magnum opus set in Malick’s home state of Texas during the 1950s. It’s both a mix of Earth’s natural elements and the steel-like structures that humans have built on top of it. Through it all, through time and struggle, we remain connected, whether it be as caring parents or mischievous children, as demonstrated again and again through the millions of years The Tree of Life‘s narrative ultimately covers.