Friday, 15 July 2011


I saw ''Tree of Life'' last night with my daughter at the delightful, wonderful Duke of York's cinema in Brighton. It was made by Terrence Mallick. It got 5 stars (out of 5 - well, it could have been out of 10. I'm not giving it 5 out of 10, I'M JUST EXPLAINING AND MAKING CLEAR THAT IT WAS TOP RATED BY TH - oh bugger, now look at what's happened). Anyway, it got 5 stars in the Guardian - the paper that helped expose the News of the World hacking scandal - HURRAH! - but I thought ''Thin Red Line'' was a flawed film partly because of George Clooney's cameo (nothing wrong with his acting but why bung him in? It almost single handedly undermined the whole film) and so I was wary.

''Tree of Life'' has some amazing scenes in it but then Mallick repeats them (eg washing feet) and both my daughter and I were confused on some things. It was beautifully filmed but too beautifully so really I think it merited nearer 3 stars. It certainly stirred us up and we discussed it at some length afterwards. However, it just didn't move me and I was ready and available for it do so. But it didn't. Brad Pitt was ok, Sean Penn more interesting and the woman who played the wife was a bit vapid but that was down to the direction rather than her acting ability. The kids were great as was the transformation of them from babies to boys. But thinking back, I became less impressed - I won't see it again.

We were both desperate for some sweets at the beginning but they're not good for either of us so we were strong and resisted them.

So, what has this all got to do with Parkinson's Disease? Well, the drug Mirapexin makes me quite sleepy and I can fall asleep watching even my favourite TV programmes. I am a great film fan but I haven't been to the cinema for some while and I think it is because I'm afraid of falling asleep and wasting time and money in the process. However, the film was 238 minutes long and I didn't fall asleep. This is only significant so far as my illness is concerned - I say that because I didn't fall asleep whilst watching the film ''Funny People'' either and that really made me cross because it was the worst film I had seen in a long time.

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