When The Tree of Life came out last year, I had no idea it even existed. Though I heard later on that it was well-received critically, so I put on my rental list. Usually I like critically approved movies, but this one not so much.
The movie in short is about a guy named Jack who reflects upon his past mostly when he was a pre-teen. Except the scenes where he's older are just him talking randomly, and drifting into his own imagination.
The main scenes during his childhood reflect upon his relationship with his kind mother, and his strict father. Except the first part of the movie is told from a weird time angle and you can't figure out what's going on until 1/4 of the movie is already complete.
I would like to say that I enjoyed at least seeing the nature and universe shots in the movie. Except they don't add anything to the plot except a link to the film's philosophical message. And they do a good job at providing impressive visual shots and an artistic tampering with the audio.
But other than that, I found the movie more boring than entertaining. It's definitely not the film for everyone though. I doubt the average Joe will have a copy running in his DVD player. If you appreciated artistic values, and are fascinated by philosophy this could be right up your alley. I wouldn't call the film "bad", but I can say that I was glad to see the credits roll.