Terrence Malick's hugely ambitious take on the human condition begins with a woman discovering that one of her sons has died, before launching back to the beginning of the universe, charting the dawn of creation before hurtling through erupting volcanoes, marauding dinosaurs and the birth of a child. Serves her right for asking, "why?"
Despite going on to win the Palme d'Or, the film was booed by large sections of the audience, the general feeling being that the film was far too obtuse for its own good. Even Robert De Niro's speech as Head of the jury seemed to suggest the film had won the prize off the back of its own sense of importance. "It had the size, the importance, the intention, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize," he said, helpfully.
Did It Deserve The Hate?
Resenting a filmmaker on the grounds of demonstrating too much ambition, seems a flimsy criticism at best. Malick's films aren't for everyone, but there's a majestically beautiful piece of work here for anyone with the patience to enjoy it.