Terrence Malick is one of my favorite film directors. My favorite Malick film is Days of Heaven (though I have yet to seen The Tree of Life.) Cinematographer Néstor Almendros won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and deservedly so. This is one beautiful movie.
Don’t go to it expecting lots of action or a fast-moving plot (though there is indeed some action, and a plot.) Instead, think of it as a time machine that will let you experience life in early 20th Century America. I can’t name a film that better evokes a sense of a time and place. (Also, for what it’s worth, it stars a young Richard Gere.) Here’s the opening sequence: