Tree of Life, when it's finally released, will hopefully be the amazing, mind-boggling film that we've been waiting for all this time. Terrence Malick, a man who has only made four films since 1973, gets so much attention for his minimal output because of how masterfully crafted his films are. Without question, when a Malick film comes out, you are guaranteed a visual delight.
But... you're also guaranteed to be waiting forever for his movies to come out. Terrence Malick waits forever to finish his films and Tree of Life doesn't look to be any different. Now, the good news is that Fox Searchlight has bought the film and will be distributing it, but the bad news is that it's not coming out til next year. I've been waiting for this film since last year so this news blows. Sure, I'll see this film regardless of how long I have to wait, but damn, Malick sure loves to tease us. Or, perhaps, he's just a staunch perfectionist.
He's also shooting a romantic drama in Oklahoma right now with a pretty good cast (details on that some other time). Hopefully that movie won't take forever to be released too. Hopefully we can get two Malick films by 2013 (or 2014... I'm giving you four years to have these films released, Mr. Malick).
If you are not familiar with Terrence Malick films, I suggest you go ahead and rent Badlands and Days of Heaven right away. While you're at it, get The Thin Red Line which was in my top 10 of the 1990s list (The New World was like #30 on my 2000s list).
Actually, just see all of his films. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing visual storytelling of one of cinema's greatest masters.