Not that the basic storyline is hard to understand: In 1950s Waco, Texas, an of-his-era strict father (Brad Pitt) and a celestial mother (Jessica Chastain) raise their three boys, eldest Jack and his brothers (Laramie Eppler and Tye Sheridan, who have character names listed alongside their names on imdb.com, though this reviewer doesn’t recall them from watching the movie at all). Father wears ties and glasses and teaches his sons about survival of the fittest, how to succeed in this world, and appreciates classical music and plays organ in the church; the Renaissance-painting beautiful mother tends to wounds and laughs and only wants her sons to learn to love. They witness a boy drown at a pool. Jack experiences his first pangs of sexual curiosity when he breaks into a house and steals a woman’s slip. Death and crime and racism all swirl around the family’s fringes as it goes about its days in Waco. And the family contends with a tragedy of its own when one of the sons dies.