I’m guessing that this sequence will go down as one of the most epic scenes in cinematic history. In terms of sheer scope and ambition, Malick’s portrayal of the creation of the universe and earth, coupled with the use of an unbelievably haunting opera score (Tavener’s Lacrimosa), creates one of the most sublime theater experiences of all time (even more so than Kubrick’s 2001).
In order to do this scene justice, this clip must be watched in full screen with high volume.
PS. This sequence continues with the evolution of microscopic life and the first sea creatures, all the way to the birth and extinction of dinosaurs. Pretty Amazing.