A spectacular audio-visual experience lensed through a catholic-agnostic viewpoint with Brad Pitt’s voice over assuming humanity’s deepest yearnings, wonderment, and faithful ignorance. The words, like thoughts, shift from observation to rumination to curiosity, with each subject placed on screen given opportunity for reflection.
Needless to say, not everyone shares in Malick’s assumption of humanity, so the commentary, while at times brilliant and meditative, can feel onerous in how it uses individuality to pass off the universal. Effectively, Malick subjects the viewer to his personal version of the Universe with the intention of exposing a common universality connecting all life. The universe he reveals is thus an egoist one, stemming from the attachments, desires, and mind of Terrence Malick’s experience of life.
However, in appreciating that this is one man’s 30 year project to communicate his deepest wonders, and in forgiving that he indulgently made this film for himself more than for all of us, we can revel in its astonishing sense of a personal journey through life, one as full of questions, confusion, wonder, and magnificence as any other, even if we cannot personally relate to all its exposition.
80/100 – Great.