I would consider Terrence Melick an auteur. His films are all precise and patiently constructed. He takes his time to make films and whenever you watch one of them you get the sense that every frame as its purpose. Tree Of Life is his most recent project and I'm not too sure how to process it. Firstly there is no doubt that it's a bold and audacious film and its is stunning to watch. There is no conventional narrative as he tells the story of life and death as experienced by one family. Their life is mesmerising and I found myself totally caught up in their world... but I have quite a few reservations about the film which leave a bad taste in my mouth. While being audacious with Tree Of Life, I found Malick to be really arrogant and self-absorbed in his approach. Towards the beginning he presents a 30 minute montage exploring the creation of the universe and the evolution of all things. This in itself wasn't a problem for me because I understood its relevance to the film's themes. My problem with this portion of the movie is its length. 30 minutes is unnecessary and I felt like Malick was suggesting that some people aren't good enough for Tree of Life and he was essentially weeding out those without the patience to persist. I have no doubt many viewers turned if off and found a more self-satisfying flick to watch. Thats a shame because the meaty portions of the story are wonderful. With a less wanky approach this would have been one of the best films of the year... no doubt it will still get an Oscar nod regardless. I'll be disappointed if it wins though.