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"Tree of Life" Trailer Mind-Blowingly Gorgeous, Devoid of Dinosaurs

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Director Terrence Malick's log-anticipated film about Jack (played in adulthood by Sean Penn), the eldest son of Midwestern parents (Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain) in the '50s. The film opens May 27.

A few weeks ago someone bootlegged the trailer for "Tree of Life" using their cell phone. We watched it for about 12 seconds before saying, "Screw it--we both deserve better." Well, our patience has been rewarded, as a proper version in glorious HD has arrived. Needless to say, it was worth the wait.

The film stars Sean Penn as Jack, a man raised in the Midwest of the 1950's by a demanding father (Brad Pitt) and a nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain), who now struggles in adulthood with the conflicting influences. Here's the synopsis, by way of Apple:

From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick's signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

There's been talk of dinosaurs appearing in this film, and they probably do, but there's no sign of them here, though there does appear to be a moment akin to the meteor crash that is said to have led to their extinction.

Anyway, the film arrives in toto May 27, 2011.

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