Tree of Life is an impressionistic story that centers around three boys in 1950s. One of the boys dies in some freak 1964 Korean War accident. I’m totally guessing.
There’s a couple other kids, one of whom, Jack, grows up to be Sean Penn. Score! Who doesn’t want to be Sean Penn? OK, probably a lot of people. But, Sean Penn is rich in real and coincidentally, in movie life too.
Jack’s dad (Brad Pitt) plays a stern 50s dad who is supposed to be a totalitarian. “Do this, not that. I’m mean because I love you! Tough love!” Meanwhile, mom (played by some actress) is all girly; seeing things through her soul and not her eyes.
Open ‘em up mom. Life is not just about soul. Unless, of course, you’re Ray Charles then you should probably stick with seeing from your soul.
But wait, there’s more!