As winter thaws and the new green life of spring breaks ground, so we get closer to the release of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. The film, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, follows a life from childhood in the 1950s to adulthood in the modern day. As one of our most anticipated movies of 2011, The Tree of Life features Malick’s unique and beautiful directing style paired with the cinematography of Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and visual effects master Douglas Trumbull. Needless to say, the film’s aesthetics will be breathtaking, spanning the mundane to the truly cosmic. We have over 70 new images from The Tree of Life to get an idea of the film’s style. Hit the jump to check them out.
UPDATE: We’ve been asked to take down the images.
Though the trailer for The Tree of Life shows glimpses of the universal scope of the film, the new images are more on the terrestrial side of things. The production scenes appear to be pulled right out of a 1950s family photo album, though there are a few featuring Sean Penn as the grown up protagonist. There have been rumors about CG dinosaurs featured in The Tree of Life, but unfortunately the terrible lizards do not appear in any of the images below.
From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950′s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.
For continuing coverage of The Tree of Life, click here. The Tree of Life is scheduled to open stateside on May 27, 2011.