Pros: It’s no secret that I love Terence Malick, and I’m more than willing to sit through a two-hour existential drama just to see what he does with light and movement—but, if that’s not your jam, consider this: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn. Dinosaurs. Shots of deep space set to awesome music. Trees. Quiet meditations on life and death. Just a bit of the usual, all filmed with gorgeous precision and fanatical attention to the smallest detail of verisimilitude. Like watching life, but better.
Cons: A bit trippy. A bit slow. You might end up asking yourself, what just happened here? And for the anti-sentimentality corps, the (more than) hints of nostalgia and reverence for Americana might grate a little on the senses.
The Verdict: Catch this one if you’re in a contemplative mood, looking for something that works on a subliminal, super-narrative level. Set aside for another day if you’re not interested in thinking about the space-time continuum or the meaning(lessness?) of life.