Sometimes on Friday nights, all that sounds at all good is just laying in bed, renting a movie, and being lazy. After watching several trailers I decided on watching Tree of Life. What a good choice! I would describe the film as more of an art form than movie. It really made me think about life, had some awesome quotes, and made me more excited to have children than to get married in the future.
'The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.'
'The nuns taught us there were two ways to live life. The way of Nature and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow. Grace doesn't try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature only wants to please itself. Gets others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And Love is smiling through all things.'
'Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?... When the morning stars sang together? And all the the sons of God shouted for joy?' Job 38:1,7
The film does a beautiful job at personifying both grace and nature in the form of the mother and father in drastic contrast to one another. Some of the deep questions in the film are left for interpretation, but others are answered and lead me back to the conclusion that the greatest gift in life is LOVE.
I would go as far as to say it is my favorite film I have seen in a year. Watch it. By yourself, in silence, with a glass of wine. Now.