The Tree of Life Depending on whos talking, the new opus from mysterioso maverick Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven, The New World) has been three years in the works or 30. It takes place in the 1950s with a side-detour to the age of dinosaurs. Colin Farrell, Mel Gibson, and Heath Ledger were variously attached before casting settled on Brad Pitt and (as Pitts grown son) Sean Penn. Whats it about? Look at the title and look at the trailer, and since its Malick were talking about, expect beauty and pretensions in equally staggering amounts.