Uwe Boll: “The Tree Of Life Is A Piece Of Sh*t”

Thursday, June 30 by
 

Oh yeah, I went there. I asked the world’s most notorious director, Uwe Boll, what he thought of the most contested, debated art film of the year. It doesn’t even matter whether I liked The Tree of Life or not. I knew the director of Alone in the Dark and In the Name of the King would have something entertaining to say about Terrence Malick.

He also had some things to say about Michael Bay and Lars von Trier, important movies about African genocide and the holocaust, and we also mention his latest movie, Bloodrayne: The Third Reich, on DVD and Blu-ray July 5.

Q: You famously fought your critics in a boxing match and proved you were tougher than them. That doesn’t necessarily prove you’re a better filmmaker than they say you are, so how will you prove that?

UB: [Laughs] I think with more movies like Rampage for example or Darfur, other genres I started doing the last few years, more reality based movies also. I think I proved with a few movies already that are better than House of the Dead or Alone in the Dark, yeah? On the other hand, I also always said genre is genre. If you make a Bloodrayne: The Third Reich, you have to deliver what people are expecting, like action, gore, sex. With this movie now we did that, but it’s also clear you’re not getting an Oscar nomination for it.

Q: Would you like to win an Oscar one day.

UB: [Pouts] Absolutely. No, to say I don’t care, A, I would never get it but B, of course it’s good, it helps movies. A lot of movies got maybe no attention. You saw with The Hurt Locker for example, it tanked in the movie theaters but then it got the Oscar and a lot of people watched it on DVD and everything. It’s sometimes a very good thing for a movie.

Q:  When you look at your own films, can you tell what’s different than other films?

UB: Yeah, I can see it. I think I’m not an easy director to write about because it’s a wide variation of movies I did, so you cannot really lock me down to one genre or one way to make movies. I always try not to make the style “an Uwe Boll” movie. The style is what the story is giving me basically. When I do a Darfur movie about the genocide in Sudan or the Auschwitz movie, I have a totally different approach as I would for an action movie. If people watch it they will feel that.

Brad Pitt's Kids Need A Good Belting In 'Tree Of Life' Clip

Q: What did you think of The Tree of Life?

UB: I hated it.

Q: Why?

UB: I totally hated that movie because I feel as a filmmaker that besides the fact that Terrence Malick did some great visuals on some movies, also on The New World, like the opening of that movie was really good but then he completely lost it. I think Tree of Life is a piece of shit. Totally, and I think Sean Penn is ridiculous in it, like walking around in the elevator. It’s nothing. This is the thing. It’s so overrated because it’s Terrence Malick. Same as Lars von Trier’s movies. I like breaking the Waves. After that was all crap. The thing is he gets all the Hollywood stars, “Oh, I want to work with him” and they don’t know what kind of retard he is. I think the same with Terrence Malick. I think Terrence Malick is one of the overrated directors of all time.

Q: Is that just because it doesn’t have a story and it’s more impressionistic?

UB: Absolutely. You have to tell a story that you get a connection to something. When he starts doing after 25 minutes a National Geographic break where you see volcanoes and planets coming together. Then his dinosaur episode with Jurassic Park. You think well, what’s going on with him? What is wrong with wrong with the guy? I was not engaged to keep watching. If I would have known how this ends, I would have walked out. But I watched the whole movie because I wanted to see how it ends also. The end was I think the most pathetic thing, when they’re all at the beach hugging each other. It was fucking disastrous. It was a complete disaster and it shows also that a lot of stars have no taste. Like Sean Penn, Brad Pitt have no taste what a good movie is. They trusted the director but you have to have your own brain. I’m very mad right now because I want to do a bail out movie about the financial crisis where a guy is losing everything and then he starts killing the investment bankers. I did various offers to stars and they passed on it. So CAA gave it a good reader’s review, so they’re supporting us but William Morris gave it a bad reader review. Like I also watch Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau, also a piece of shit movie. It was a disaster. It was a complete disaster and a guy like Matt Damon should feel that, that this story is nothing. It’s like a mini Matrix in the normal world but it makes no sense because that agency who’s changing it all, who is that? What was the plan of these guys? Who pays them? It’s totally absurd because that agency is doing everything but not doing anything basically. Also it’s a very flat movie and I think with The Tree of Life, this was for me an embarrassment and it gets hyped up because of Terrence Malick and I didn’t like it.

Q: Well, I knew from his other movies that he was experimental.

UB: Right, because his other movies you get the feeling he tries to tell a story and cannot do it. But this was poor experimental. You cannot tell me you were not bored to death while you watched The Tree of Life.

 

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COMMENTS

  1. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Robert Hamer

    Proof that The Tree of Life is a masterpiece!


  2. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Dude

    Right, because the director of “House of the Dead” knows sooo much about good movies. Why doesn’t he just go into hiding? That would be great.


  3. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Feryl

    “You cannot tell me you were not bored to death while you watched The Tree of Life.”

    I was not bored to death while I watched “The Tree of Life”. I thought it was a beautiful film.

    Did this interview actually take place?


  4. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    hi

    When suddenly 20 mins into the film it switches to the national geographic part, that’s not just randomness. [SPOILER ALERT] The creation of the universe as the biggest event possible, it is shown as a hard contrast to the death of the child which is quite the small thing in comparison. You hear the wife asking questions in the off a the same time. This guy in the interview did not pay attention it seems…


  5. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Anonymous

    Or you’re just attributing shit to a pretentious film that was actually totally pointless. What you said sounds like it should be meaningful, but it’s empty. What does that mean? The death of a child is small in comparison to the creation of the universe? So is EVERYTHING ELSE THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED. I know it sounds good to you, but think about it and be honest with yourself– That means less than nothing, and if you’re right, and that was indeed Mallik’s reasoning behind this, that is the most pretentious thing I’ve ever heard. That’s like going up to a grieving mother and saying, “yeah, but, like… Creation. It’s way bigger than this, so…” 

    So what? 


  6. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Lol

    “It’s like a mini Matrix in the normal world but it makes no sense because that agency who’s changing it all, who is that? What was the plan of these guys? Who pays them?”
    Did this guy even watch The Adjustment Bureau? ITS GOD, YOU IDIOT!


  7. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Lol

    You know just because you didn’t get it, doesn’t mean there is nothing to get. 


  8. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Milton

    Uwe fucking Boll.

    The man.

    You just cant process him.

    He’s winning.


  9. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Matt Logan

    ” What was the plan of these guys? Who pays them?” Hahahah.. priceless. He totally missed the whole point and supernatural element of the movie. Not surprising.


  10. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    James Allder

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the worst filmmaker of all time — let’s have a round of applause for … what the fuck was his name again ??


  11. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Williammuniz83

    This coming from the genius that brought us such clasics as: House of the dead, House of the dead 2, Alone in the dark with Tara Reid as a brilliant scientist (best casting ever), and the trilogy that not even Lord of the Rings can surpass, Bloodrayne.


  12. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Alderson

    The proof is in the pudding.


  13. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Old Grumpy Guy

    Uwe has a point – Malick is way over-rated! At least Uwe is honest in his own self-assessment. Not sure malick would be the same. Last good film he did was Days of Heaven in 1978. Badlands was a masterpiece. The rest have been… lacking…  the Emeror has no clothes and no one has the guts to say so except Uwe! Everyone else is aping the ‘critics’ who don;t know their ass from a whole in the ground. Basically this is a boring movie with little/no story. At least someone has the guts to call it the way he sees it – Go Uwe!!


  14. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Old Grumpy Guy

    Even if you take it as a religious parable, it’s still a boring matrix rip-off…


  15. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Humphrey

    Wow.  I haven’t watched it yet, but if that’s the premise then I think I’ll definitely avoid it.


  16. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Aj Resh06

    While I agree with his opinion on Malick, someone should remind Uwe Boll that he directed (Clears throat) House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, All the BloodRaynes, All the In the Name of the King’s, Far Cry, and so on and so on. He doesn’t have a right to call a piece of shit a “piece of shit”. When third rate Nintendo programers stop doing your storytelling for you, then maybe you can talk trash. And if I needed any further proof that Uwe’s a douche bag, the only guy who supported him on here used the term “Winning”! Pathetic!


  17. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Whitey Joe Young

    No, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”.

    The proof was never in the pudding. Let’s not propagate the incorrect version of this lovely little aphorism.


  18. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Whitey Joe Young

    LOL, you’re great!


  19. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    megzfiddler64

    Boll only acts this way because he’s a walking piece of excrement and the whole world knows it.  If I was so hated, I’d go around bitter and hateful all the time, too.


  20. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Schmuckimus

    ‘Winning’ in the Charlie Sheen sense of the word, I take it.


  21. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Schmuckimus

    Of course it did. “Oovy” says shit like this all the time just to get a reaction. He’s like Paris Hilton, except his vagina is his mouth.


  22. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Schmuckimus

     Sharing your opinion about Tree of Life does not make Oovy a cinematic genius, or you any less of a crotch goiter.


  23. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Blaster

    If you guys haven’t seen Postal yet, its honestly the best Uwe Boll movie ever.  It’s the movie that made me not hate him any more.


  24. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Blaster

    If you guys haven’t seen Postal yet, its honestly the best Uwe Boll movie ever.  It’s the movie that made me not hate him any more.


  25. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Blaster

    If you guys haven’t seen Postal yet, its honestly the best Uwe Boll movie ever.  It’s the movie that made me not hate him any more.


  26. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Blaster

    If you guys haven’t seen Postal yet, its honestly the best Uwe Boll movie ever.  It’s the movie that made me not hate him any more.


  27. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Blaster

    If you guys haven’t seen Postal yet, its honestly the best Uwe Boll movie ever.  It’s the movie that made me not hate him any more.


  28. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Blaster

    If you guys haven’t seen Postal yet, its honestly the best Uwe Boll movie ever.  It’s the movie that made me not hate him any more.


  29. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Anonymous

    Kind of dickish to claim that I didn’t get it because I didn’t like it. I sat there for the two and a half (three? I don’t know…) hours just like the rest of you, don’t act like you had some transcendent understanding that I simply wasn’t able to achieve. 
    Maybe I didn’t “get” it. But then again, maybe YOU didn’t “get” it. Ever consider that up there on your pedestal? 
    Look, if you liked it, good for you. I wish I liked it. I really wanted to. I’d rather like a movie than not like a movie if I had a choice. 
    I do not feel that this was a movie. The camerawork and much of the acting was wonderful (though how much of the acting was actually acting, seeing as how most scenes were barely scripted, is another discussion) however it lacked absolutely everything else. Notice I didn’t say it lacked IN everything else, I said it lacked everything else, because there was absolutely nothing else there (aside from obligatory things like hair and makeup, etc…) that makes a movie a movie. There was no structure, there was no plot (everything and selected scenes from a family/Sean Penn melancholily walking is not a plot), there were no actual scenes, just shots, some of which were intercut, there was no dialogue, only monologue, nobody actually talked to one another only at one another, it utilized the laziest trick in screenwriting to the max with the absurdly heavy handed voice overs– I’ll stop there. I mean, there was absolutely nothing I could hold onto. And I was searching. I was grasping at anything and everything in the theater. I really did try. 

    … And I’ll try again. I’ll watch it on blu ray because I usually respect Mallik. In the meantime if you’d care to explain something to me instead of simply attempting to belittle me then i’d love to hear it.


  30. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Anonymous

    Totally. He told me… 


  31. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Anonymous

    Also– Did you even see this movie? I get the feeling you did not. 


  32. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Levent Taskan

    Yes, but Uwe Boll is quite experimental too. His films repeatedly test my patience. The results aren’t good.


  33. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Levent Taskan

    Yes, but Uwe Boll is quite experimental too. His films repeatedly test my patience. The results aren’t good.


  34. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Anonymous

    God I hate to agree with the man but this does almost make Boll sound like a genius. 


  35. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Cris

    Hahahaha if Tree of Life is sh*t then House of the Dead should have been aborted, along with every other movie of his.


  36. June 30, 2011 4:34 pm

    Cris

    Why can’t a movie be plot-less? Why does it have to have structure? We have all been use to the same way to make movies and maybe Terrence Malick wanted to try something different. It is like watching a painter paint a masterpiece, for me it was a great movie which is why I have seen it three times already. But that is my opinion and everyone has their own so to each his own.