Prior to viewing this film, I read countless reviews that claimed Terrence Malick's most recent film to be utterly indescribable. I assumed this to be a simplistic avoidance of what was to my knowledge a rather deeply philosophical film. I assured myself that once I was able to see this film I would offer up my own answer to this lack of commentary with a dense and well directed review. Gladly, however, I am like these other viewers incapable of providing any vision as to how truly magnificent this piece of cinema was to me. I can say this however, Malick put more effort into making this film than most people put into their entire lives. I am not offering you a review beyond this, but instead a list of a few thoughts as they relate to this film. I strongly encourage you to see it is theaters as it will invariably change everything you know about cinema, and arguably your life. I know it is a drastic statement, but it is sincerely offered from a rather humbled film scholar. With that being said here are some thoughts.
Malick offers a two plus hour set of images that each stand alone as moments of art.
Malick has made a film that transcends itself into a realm of spiritual and cerebral exuberance.
It is the most emotional response I have had to a movie since childhood.
For those not prepared for the experience...it could very well ravish you.
Malick has taken a vision of the heavens and offered it to us...it would be a sin not to enjoy the immaculate vision.
Again please see this movie...that is all.