As Independent Filmmakers, we received baseless negative reviews. For details, read the last paragraph below.
We decided to give "The Sea of Trees" a chance. We enjoyed this film. It is not a "mushy, amateurish story." The cinematography is gorgeous. The music is lush. Mr. McConaughey gives an emotional, well-rounded performance.
Our opinion is that Joan's spirit accompanied Arthur in Aokigahara Forest. She helped him to survive and have proper emotional closure. The ending was optimistic (but not happy). "The Sea of Trees" has resonated with us. We recently lost a beloved relative.
Now let us switch to a related topic. In 2010, our Family of 3 created a WWII documentary film "The Brave Fighters" about Anti-Nazi Resistance near Hitler's Ukrainian Headquarters. Three Amazon Reviewers gave us 1-star. They called the film "amateurish" "worst ever" with "terrible special effects." But in the end, over 76,000 people have viewed our film on Amazon and YouTube. No one has returned a single DVD back for a refund. We often receive beautiful emails from viewers all over the world. They thank us for creating the film to commemorate those brave resistance fighters.