Terrence Malick, Alchemist

01 Oct 2011

From Dana Stevens’ excellent Slate review of The Tree of Life:

Watching the asteroid that will kill off the dinosaurs hurtle toward the atmosphere, we think, “There was a moment when this happened,” and are awed.

The middle section of the film, in which we follow Jack’s childhood in a series of fragmented memories from birth until about the age of 12, is as astonishingly precise a rendering of the way the world looks to a child as I’ve seen on film.