Reviews for Terrance Malick’s “The Tree of Life” have been pouring in from Cannes, but if you don’t like having the mystique of a movie ruined for you before you see it, it’s best not to read them. This is the kind director, and film especially, that generates so much critical reaction as to make one feel drowned in analysis, and then all the wonder is drained out of the experience. A better approach to getting a feel for a film like this, apart from watching the trailer, is listening to it’s score ahead of time.
Happily, The Playlist, courtesy of Lakeshore Records, has three clips from Alexandre Desplat’s score. The composer described his work as “trance-like” and said that Malick’s direction to him was “that the music should be like a river flowing through the film.”
For a quick, I don’t care about the reviews I’m seeing it anyway (Terrence Malick, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn) kind of synopsis, it doesn’t get much better than Matt Singer’s early reaction, “As best I can gather, the film involves an asteroid colliding with earth… where Brad Pitt and his family live… Sean Penn’s looking for something in the dessert… something something, baby feet. The end.”