Reviewed bypetrplavecVote: 9/10/10
A gorgeous and visually perfect documentary, that is not educational,but it's kind of art, meditative and lyrical essay on the deepestpossible theme - astonishment over nature, space and life on Earth.Just few words, mostly narrated by very fascinating and impressivevisual. I like Malick's poetic art a lot, it's hard to find in thewhole cinematography a director who could create at least a similarlyfascinating visuals as this genius. Its close to be perfect, I onlymiss stronger emotions or better story, e.g. The Thin Red Line (bestantiwar movie) or Days of Heaven I find phenomenal.
Reviewed byJugu Abraham (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 6/10/10
Disappointing work from Malick, who I admired so much in "The Thin RedLine", "Days of Heaven" and "The tree of life." The only saving gracein this work -- great choice of music as in all Malick films, mostlyArvo Part and Beethoven. I prefer Godfrey Reggio's "Qatsi trilogy" tothis Malick venture. Even Kubrick surpassed Malick in the early mandepictions in "2001--A space odyssey" compared to Malick in this film.The editing in this film and in "Song to Song" is incrediblypedestrian.
Reviewed bydromascaVote: 5/10/10
One of the previous films of Terrence Malick , The Tree of Lifeincluded a long segment about the origins of the Universe. When I sawthat movie it was not at all clear to me how that part was related tothe rest of the story - a family saga developing around a complicatedfather - son relationship. Director Malick was so much in love withthat part that he decided to abandon any fiction in his latest movieand focus on the cosmology story. The result is Voyage of Time: Life'sJourney which is listed as a documentary, although I have a hard timesticking it into that category either. Documentaries have as goaleducating, or making statements about history or society or nature.Here we seem to be closer to poetry or sophisticated video art. Whatcounts eventually is not the category but the result.
The film starts with CGI images of the birth of the Universe combinedwith cosmic video art based on images of the most remote (thus theearliest) galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. It continueswith images that describe or reconstruct the birth of Earth, theappearance of water and life, the evolution of plants and animals, thecosmic events (like the asteroid that almost eradicated life on Earthand put an end to the dominance and very existence of the dinosaurs),the emergence of mankind and its evolution towards the mega-cities oftoday, with their human mosaic and social problems. Most of the imagescombine fabulous nature filming with computerized effects and they aregreat, the story telling is visually astounding and has its own logic.I would have loved the film to be only visuals. I would have evenaccepted the soundtrack although I am not great fan of the world musicor Gregorian chants, not when used in New Age messaging. UnfortunatelyMalick decided to add a spoken commentary and I simply could not makeany sense of it. Some incantations and frightened kid questionsdirected to an over-present Mother (Nature? a feminine God?) wererepeated over and over. To be clear, I like and I understand poetry, Irespect religious feelings and texts, but the spoken commentary wasnothing of these. The fact that Cate Blanchett , an actress that Ideeply admired borrowed her voice to read this text, did not help, itjust made me mad because I feel that her huge talent was wasted here.The result is just boring, and I surprised myself almost nappingdespite the beauty on screen.
OK. So Terrence Malick wanted hardly to make a film about the historyof the Universe. A Film about Everything. The Film about Everything.Now that you made it, please, Mr. Malick , come back to making thefilms we loved you for, films like Days of Heaven and The Thin RedLine.
An exploration into our planetary past and a search for humanity's place in the future. With narration by Cate Blanchett.