The first trailer for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, has been released online. Check it out after the jump. You won’t regret it.
Check it out in bigger, better HD over at Apple Trailers, here.
Apple also has a description of the plot:
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
Terrence Malick has only directed four features prior to this, among which are 1973’s Badlands and 1998’s The Thin Red Line. I hadn’t been paying too much attention to The Tree of Life previously, but this trailer has me very, very interested. Visually, it looks absolutely stunning, with some of the abstract space imagery reminding me of the “astronaut” sequences in The Fountain, which is no bad thing at all. The trailer didn’t provide too much in terms of plot, but that doesn’t really bother me at the moment, as the look of the film has already done enough to draw me in, and the film itself is where the story will matter.
I’m thoroughly intrigued by this trailer, and can’t wait to see the film. What about you?