Rare Screenshots from The Tree of Life Extended Cut (2018) Part III

In a blisteringly exhilarating new sequence that fans of the film would really be remiss not to watch, a tornado descends upon the tranquil streets of Waco, Texas, and without Brad Pitt’s protective presence in the house (his character is off traveling the world on business affairs), the children and mother are helpless against the raw power of nature. This sequence calls to mind another new scene that’s plopped earlier into the edit, in which a group of baby birds sit on the lawn, completely defenseless out of their nest from high above.

– Dom Nero

In a blisteringly exhilarating new sequence that fans of the film would really be remiss not to watch, a tornado descends upon the tranquil streets of Waco, Texas, and without Brad Pitt’s protective presence in the house (his character is off traveling the world on business affairs), the children and mother are helpless against the raw power of nature. This sequence calls to mind another new scene that’s plopped earlier into the edit, in which a group of baby birds sit on the lawn, completely defenseless out of their nest from high above. And thus Malick’s thesis resonates again, clearer and louder here, as the roots of “the way of nature” and the “way of grace” grow ever-entangled, bringing full circle the haunting whispers from the film’s opening narration: “Father. Mother. Always you wrestle inside me. Always you will.”

BY DOM NERO SEP 19, 2018 for Esquire.com

In one sequence, Jack and his young brothers survey the destruction caused by a tornado. While this cut doesn’t feature any more of the awe-inspiring imagery created under the supervision of Dan Glass and his incredible special effects team, the power of nature is vividly evoked in this depiction of a disaster, the aftermath of which underscores the many ways the family lives at the mercy of a world evolving on its own almost inconceivably vast time scale.

By Benjamin MercerON FILM / FEATURES — SEP 28, 2018

Rare Screenshots from The Tree of Life Extended Cut (2018) Part II

We see glimpses of Mr. O’Brien’s deceased father, whose tragic end clearly shaped the man his son would become.

– Chris O’Falt of IndieWire

“With extra time spent with the family, the film has a bit more narrative shape, allowing us to delve further into the inner life of Mr. O’Brien (Pitt): We see recollections of his father, a door-to-door salesman who never got any respect from his employers and who died a sudden death.”

-Bilge Ebiri of Vulture.com

“We see glimpses of Mr. O’Brien’s deceased father, whose tragic end clearly shaped the man his son would become.”

– Chris O’Falt of IndieWire

Rare Screenshots from The Tree of Life Extended Cut (2018) Part I

Uncle Ray (Jack Hurst), the brother of Mrs. O’Brien, comes floating through town and, like his sister, has a lightness and joy with her sons and problems with their oppressive father. – Chris O’Falt of IndieWire

‘The Tree of Life’: Two Versions of Terrence Malick’s Masterpiece, Side by Side, and What Makes Them Different by Chris O’Falt (Sept. 11, 2018)(opens in a new tab)

“There are new characters, but they mostly appear for one scene or section of the film. Uncle Ray (Jack Hurst), the brother of Mrs. O’Brien, comes floating through town and, like his sister, has a lightness and joy with her sons and problems with their oppressive father.”

“Uncle Ray’s power to stand up to his brother-in-law is quickly belittled by the fact he hasn’t been able to find gainful employment. Jack, heartbroken by his uncle’s situation, tries to give his mother his meager savings.”

-Chris O’Falt of IndieWire.com

“One notable addition involves a visit from Jack’s uncle, Mrs. O’Brien’s brother, whom the kids adore and who seems to inspire their sense of play even as he tries to talk some sense into their dad about the way he disciplines his kids and treats his wife. Mr. O’Brien tells the younger man off, calling his brother-in-law an unemployable mooch and suggesting that the man has a nervous condition that has led to him being a failure at life.”

“It’s a fascinating glimpse not just into the dynamics of Jack’s family, but also into Mr. O’Brien’s ideas about what constitutes a responsible citizen. Nervous, sensitive souls and broken people have always been at the heart of Malick’s cinema, and the twisted dance between gritty outward machismo and a chaotic inner life has informed his aesthetic since the very beginning of his career.”

-Bilge Abiri of Vulture.com

Criterion’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Is Not a Director’s Cut, but a New Movie From Terrence Malick — IndieWire

There is so much to enjoy in the Criterion version.

Malick says that the new, 188-minute edit of his 2011 drama starring Brad Pitt is another version altogether.

Criterion’s ‘The Tree of Life’ Is Not a Director’s Cut, but a New Movie From Terrence Malick — IndieWire