Fountain (2006) is an amazing existential film
exploring the duality of life and death, and ultimately
about living fully in the moment. It's an incredible
poetic movie by an original director at the top
of his game. I loved it. Please don't go see this
Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream,
Pi) shows that he's one of the most talented
directors working today with a panoply of visual
and auditory brush strokes that border on brilliance.
This film is so rich and lavish with recurring symbols,
set pieces and cinematography that you could watch
The Fountain with no sound and still be
blown away. Two scenes gave me chills.
Jackman gives an emotionally raw performance
that is convincing and never over-the-top, despite
numerous opportunities to overreach. In this one
film, Jackman reminds us there's more to his oeuvre
than comic characters and romantic comedies (and
you know I'm serious if I'm using words like "oeuvre").
Fountain is told in a non-linear method that
focuses on the stories of a conquistador in the
past, a doctor in the present and a man in the future,
each of which is questing for eternal life, love
and dealing with loss. To seriously try and explain
the story further would be both futile and a disservice
to the experience. This film is more about poetry
than prose and more about questions than answers.
while I absolutely loved this film in every way,
the reasons that I enjoyed The Fountain
are exactly same reasons that I'm begging you to
go watch something else. Before I left to go see
this movie, several women I work with asked me what
I was going to watch. When I told them it was The
Fountain, they all swooned over Hugh Jackman
and probably imagined I was going to see a love
story (thus upping my stock as a dude willing to
see such fare on my own), but this is no chick flick.
imagine that about 12 people who read this review
would actually love this movie like I did. If you
enjoy movies that are hard to follow, are self-indulgent
art pieces and may make you speechless as you ponder
the meanings and complexities of what you just watched,
then by all means seek out this film. Otherwise,
save yourself some pain (and me some hate mail)
and go rent Talledega Nights.
out of 10