Art meets science with amazing visual splendor in this new grandly-scaled Terrence (Harvard summa cum laude philosophy graduate) Malick short documentary film enkindled by intimate clemency.
From full-length onset of Badlands to The Thin Red Line to The New World to The Tree of Life the esoterically inspired naturalism of the writer/director has at time mystified many including his more loopy recent ones, Knight of Cups and To The Wonder.
In this case with the intonations of Brad Pitt (featured in the earthbound portion of Life) as narrator starting out with Dear Child imagination incites the curiosity from within that befits a metaphysical maven.
How something came from apparently from nothing has a Big Bang literally in what seems more like an invocation which is like an extension of Malick's Tree sections, though more awe-inspiring than stupefying at least in the way the giant format projects it. The blazing particles and atoms are part of what entails cooling lavas, supernovas, sea and landscapes with all kind of life-forms, including primates.
More research probably went into Voyage than might be expected as choral sounds accompanying the exquisitely framed imagery may remind viewers of Stargate and Stanley Kubrick's towering translation of Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey. But the onlooker won't be blinded by the erudition of a field that entertainingly schooled many in superior entries as lately as The Martian.
"Where does the dust come from" is heard in what traverses the cosmos in the light of life including the current colossal spires that proves the auteur in command of a surreal homage considering where the freakily amazing originated. The run-time is just right for what could very well educe droll responses given the voice-over far away from many a Pitt character. But, this Time is mindfully adulatory of an evolving universe which is hard not to be astounded through its turbulent, inordinate phases in looking ahead with enlightenment to the future.
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