History Film / TheTreeOfLife

4th Dec '15 4:08:48 AM Morgenthaler
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Trope and pothole misuse.
* [[IWantToBeARealMan I Want My Sons To Be Real Men]]: Played with. At first, Mr. O'Brian plays this straight, such as trying to teach his kids how to fight. As the movie progresses, he starts to accept that he's doing it more for himself, and promises to be a better father.
17th Aug '15 10:33:27 PM phoenix
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* FreudianExcuse: Oh yeah. [[spoiler:"She only loves ME!"]]

* MommyIssues: Oh yeah. [[spoiler:"She only loves ME!"]]
5th May '15 7:05:42 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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* EtherealChoir / OminousLatinChanting: ''Lacrimosa,'' part of the ''Dies Irae'' sequence of the ''Requiem'' mass (composed by several different artists, but most famously [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]) places over several scenes.
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* EtherealChoir / OminousLatinChanting: ''Lacrimosa,'' part of the ''Dies Irae'' sequence of the ''Requiem'' mass (composed by several different artists, but most famously [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]]) places over several scenes.
4th Dec '14 6:16:47 PM gallium
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A 2011 Creator/TerrenceMalick film, [[SpeculativeFiction equal parts a period piece, a family drama, and an existentialist meditation.]] It stars Creator/BradPitt as a strict, disciplinarian father in [[TheFifties Fifties]] Texas, with Creator/JessicaChastain as a kind, nurturing mother, newcomer child-actor Hunter [=McCracken=] as their son Jack, and Creator/SeanPenn as Jack in his adult years. Directed by reclusive director TerrenceMalick, the man behind ''Badlands'', ''Film/DaysOfHeaven'', ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', and ''The New World'', it is his fifth feature in a career spanning decades.
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A 2011 Creator/TerrenceMalick film, [[SpeculativeFiction equal parts a period piece, a family drama, and an existentialist meditation.]] It stars Creator/BradPitt as a strict, disciplinarian father in [[TheFifties Fifties]] Texas, with Creator/JessicaChastain as a kind, nurturing mother, newcomer child-actor Hunter [=McCracken=] as their son Jack, and Creator/SeanPenn as Jack in his adult years. Directed by reclusive director TerrenceMalick, Creator/TerrenceMalick, the man behind ''Badlands'', ''Film/{{Badlands}}'', ''Film/DaysOfHeaven'', ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', and ''The New World'', it is his fifth feature in a career spanning decades.
8th Nov '14 3:50:36 AM Morgenthaler
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Trope was cut.
* AbsolutelyHappened: Averted in the film's climax. But that whole [[DistantPrologue Dawn of Time thing]]; yeah, that probably happened.
8th Nov '14 3:48:32 AM Morgenthaler
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No potholes in page quotes.
-->''[[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace.]] You have to choose which one you'll follow.''
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-->''[[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There ->''"There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace.]] grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow.''"''

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-->''[[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace.]] You have to choose which one you'll follow.''

Added DiffLines:
-->''[[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There are two ways through life: the way of nature, and the way of grace.]] You have to choose which one you'll follow.''
8th Nov '14 3:47:41 AM Morgenthaler
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Do not spoiler tag trope names on work pages or the names of works on trope pages; please see Handling Spoilers for more information.
* [[spoiler: EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs]]: Much was made about their appearance in the movie. In truth, they're only in it for a minute or two and we only see two species at that. (They are at least [[SeldomSeenSpecies not-so popular genera.]])
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* [[spoiler: EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs]]: EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Much was made about their appearance in the movie. In truth, they're only in it for a minute or two and we only see two species at that. (They are at least [[SeldomSeenSpecies not-so popular genera.]])

* [[spoiler:{{Heaven}}]]: At least the ending can be interpreted that way.
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* [[spoiler:{{Heaven}}]]: {{Heaven}}: At least the ending can be interpreted that way.
8th Nov '14 3:46:35 AM Morgenthaler
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Moved to the Trivia tab.
* DevelopmentHell: Malick began work on a project enigmatically entitled ''Q'' before making ''TheThinRedLine'', only for it to come to a halt. Apparently, Malick used ''Q'' as a basis for ''TheTreeOfLife'', which was finally officially announced in 2005, only to have casting issues, gathering up a DreamTeam of visual effects artists to achieve his vision, and then work '''very, very slowly''' to make everything as good as possible. In short, he's a perfectionist.

* DoingItForTheArt: Hmmm, you don't say...

* StuntCasting: Sean Penn as a guy with about 10-or-less non-consecutive minutes of screen time and barely one line of dialogue in an over-2-hour movie. Penn has gone on record saying that his role in the final cut contributed nothing to the film and served no purpose; he also mentioned that, in light of this, he was at a loss as to why the director didn't cut him out altogether.

* WhatCouldHaveBeen: See Development Hell. ** A specific example: Creator/HeathLedger was originally cast as Mr. O'Brien, and his death put the production into a tailspin before BradPitt volunteered to take the part. ** Another specific example: The original cut was said to be over 4 hours long, and Adult Jack (Sean Penn) had a much, much larger role. Penn can barely even relate the script he read and the cut they released to be the same movie.

* WriteWhatYouKnow: Malick grew up in Waco, Texas which is where the film is set. Like Mr. O'Brien, Malick's father gave up on his aspirations of becoming a musician but played the organ at his church. Also, [[spoiler: Malick's brother died (suicide) when he was a young man, much like Jack's brother R.L. His other brother was badly burned in a car accident, which may have inspired the badly burned neighborhood boy.]]
13th Sep '14 11:12:06 PM Mdumas43073
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A 2011 Creator/TerrenceMalick film, [[SpeculativeFiction equal parts a period piece, a family drama, and an existentialist meditation.]] It stars Creator/BradPitt as a strict, disciplinarian Texas father in TheFifties, Creator/JessicaChastain as a kind, nurturing mother, newcomer child-actor Hunter [=McCracken=] as their son Jack, and Creator/SeanPenn as Jack in his adult years. Directed by reclusive director TerrenceMalick, the man behind ''Badlands'', ''Film/DaysOfHeaven'', ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', and ''The New World'', it is his fifth feature in a career spanning decades.
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A 2011 Creator/TerrenceMalick film, [[SpeculativeFiction equal parts a period piece, a family drama, and an existentialist meditation.]] It stars Creator/BradPitt as a strict, disciplinarian Texas father in TheFifties, [[TheFifties Fifties]] Texas, with Creator/JessicaChastain as a kind, nurturing mother, newcomer child-actor Hunter [=McCracken=] as their son Jack, and Creator/SeanPenn as Jack in his adult years. Directed by reclusive director TerrenceMalick, the man behind ''Badlands'', ''Film/DaysOfHeaven'', ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', and ''The New World'', it is his fifth feature in a career spanning decades.
13th Sep '14 11:07:04 PM Mdumas43073
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A 2011 Creator/TerrenceMalick film, [[SpeculativeFiction equal parts a period piece, a family drama, and an existentialist meditation.]] It stars Creator/BradPitt as a strict, disciplinarian Texas father in TheFifties, Creator/JessicaChastain as a kind, nurturing mother, newcomer child-actor Hunter [=McCracken=] as their son Jack, and Creator/SeanPenn as Jack in his adult years. Directed by reclusive director TerrenceMalick, the man behind ''Badlands'', ''Days Of Heaven'', ''TheThinRedLine'', and ''The New World'', it is his fifth feature in a career spanning decades.
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A 2011 Creator/TerrenceMalick film, [[SpeculativeFiction equal parts a period piece, a family drama, and an existentialist meditation.]] It stars Creator/BradPitt as a strict, disciplinarian Texas father in TheFifties, Creator/JessicaChastain as a kind, nurturing mother, newcomer child-actor Hunter [=McCracken=] as their son Jack, and Creator/SeanPenn as Jack in his adult years. Directed by reclusive director TerrenceMalick, the man behind ''Badlands'', ''Days Of Heaven'', ''TheThinRedLine'', ''Film/DaysOfHeaven'', ''Film/TheThinRedLine'', and ''The New World'', it is his fifth feature in a career spanning decades.
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