Actually, if Lowery’s job was to compare to a filmmaker who lives here, it could really be Terrence Malick. The whole film emerges as a much clearer and less self-defending Life Tree, and unexpectedly gigantic and devilishly compelling beings are fighting them in a much simpler and more accessible way. Obviously the poetic and “deep” thing, as you would expect from any film that wants to exhibit an entire philosophical ideal, is far from being grounded. But more importantly, it is always understandable when you try to communicate.
Of course it is an art film, but there are often logical ideas and stories beyond long, distant silences and sometimes strange visuals.