Sunday, October 23, 2011
Introspective film watching
There's something interesting about the fact that both of these films rely on more than the humans to populate the context of the human experience. In The Tree of Life, the story of life is juxtaposed with the creation of the universe and the evolution of Earth and it's inhabitants. In Melancholia, it's the opposite. It's a post-apocalyptic setting on which the human experience is plotted.
I just think it's interesting that in the same season, we have a film that chronicles the birthing of life and one that chronicles the extinguishing of life, yet both are chronicling the human experience. I recommend seeing them if you're in the mood to think. BUT - I will say this. If you like the Twilight movies, these aren't gonna be for you. I feel rather confident in that blanket statement actually. If you think the Twilight movies are good movies, then you should skip these because they are going to go right over your head. No judgement, but this is a fact based on movie preference. But if you're into movies that make you think, then I recommend thinking your way through these, then giving it a day to mull over before making a judgment call. After all, all good art should make you feel something initially and then allow that feeling to morph and shift as it lingers with you. I love good lingering art.