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Plot: Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. Runtime: 96 mins Release Date: 21 Nov 2006
Fantastic in every sense. This film is indeed poetry, and a beautiful testament to love and the cycle of life, and the impermanence of death. Wow. The script is tight, and the non-linear presentation works very well. The scene compositions were exquisite. The score enhanced without being overbearing, which is so often the case in contemporary film.The acting is absolutely superb, but then it's got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. I can't imagine Brad Pitt doing any sort of justice to this film. Darren Aronofsky lucked out in the long run by getting someone who has the range to portray <more>
the vast emotions required for Tomas/Tommy/Tom. Weisz has the depth for regal intrigue and spirited grace. Their chemistry makes their stories even more entrancing.This film does require a thinking brain to be appreciated.
I had the immense pleasure of viewing this film for its second screening ever, when it was showcased at Chicago's International Film Festival. Fans of Aronofsky who enjoyed the intensity of 'PI' and 'REQUIEM FOR A DREAM' will find that Darren's primary thematic focus has shifted yet again from the mind and gut 'PI' and 'REQUIEM', respectively to the heart. However, don't take this to mean that 'THE FOUNTAIN' isn't intellectually engaging or visceral in its impact.In a word, this film is warm. Aronofsky's palette for his third <more>
feature is a swirling miasma of golden yellows, and it sets the tone for the work. 'THE FOUNTAIN' is a life-affirming treatise on the eternity of love. Cynical hacks might decry this as a mawkish, facile rumination of saccharine proportions, but despite the sentimental themes, the film is never cloying, opting instead for a sur realistic portrayal of the nuances of one of life's most powerful emotions.The casting was superb: Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman are outstanding in their roles, with both offering utterly believable performances. Weisz reveals the same depths she did in 'THE CONSTANT GARDENER', portraying myriad subtleties in a role that could've easily been misplayed, starring as Jackman's love throughout time. For those who've only seen Jackman in action-oriented mutant movies, his command of his character's strengths AND frailties is a welcome surprise. The supporting cast was excellent as well, with Ellen Burstyn standing out in particular.Special effects were phenomenal, even without taking the film's halved budget into consideration. I won't spoil the surprise, but when you find out how Aronofsky and Co. achieved some of the extraordinary images, you're sure to be impressed and reminded of a film classic from over 25 years ago . This is not a film to rely on FX, though. In fact, the segment not scene; the story is split across three time periods using the bulk of the effects is probably the shortest.Aronofsky ambitiously tackles heavy themes and concepts and he does it in a little over 90 minutes. I didn't realize how short the film was until it was over. However, 'THE FOUNTAIN's brevity could also be perceived as an extension of one of its themes: learning to appreciate the world and its beauty in whatever time we are allotted.
Congratulations Aaronofsky! You redefined the sci-fi genre! (by newmarketsun)
Easily the best film I've seen this year. Although definitely not something for everyone, as a lot of people will probably think it's difficult which it is . But going into the film open-minded, and just taking it all in the beautiful cinematography/visual effects, powerful writing, wonderful direction you'll no doubt have the time of your life. It's more thought provoking and emotionally/visually draining than anything else I've ever seen somewhere along the lines of "Donnie Darko" or "2001" . I can't say enough good things about it honestly. I <more>
just can't wait to go see it again. No doubt a movie that will be talked about for years, and will probably be under-appreciated forever.
A unique film experience - Incomparable to any other film you've seen (by Monotreme02)
As I am writing this review I really don't know where to begin. It reminds me of the feeling I had as I left the theatre after the closing credits rolled on the film absolutely bewildered. I can't even begin to describe the feelings I left the theatre with, but I can safely say that no movie has affected me quite like The Fountain has since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind two years ago and which is known as my all-time favourite movie . All summaries and attempts to present the plot are futile, because it's truly indescribable. Any summaries you may have read about the <more>
plot are null and void truly, don't judge the film by what it sounds like it will be like. It's a movie you must experience for yourself. And what an experience it is.I find it much simpler to focus on the technical aspects of the film, which are, as expected from director Darren Aronofsky, absolutely incredible. His use of camera angles and movements that repeat themselves throughout the film, such as shots from directly above the action, and extensive use of zoom/dolly outs an important emulation of the film's message, at least what I perceive it is . The entire colour tone of the film is absolutely gorgeous to observe a beautiful combination of gold and black colours. Much of the lighting is sharp but in a soft gold colour, which creates a really specific atmosphere. Many scenes in the film take place in a hospital-type setting the setting you'd normally see in filmed mediums lit with very bright white lighting. Aronofsky lights these scenes with very specific soft golden lights, which place most of the setting in blackness and create an eerie, melancholy atmosphere.Both Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are absolutely phenomenal in their roles, with Weisz particularly standing out, playing her character with what I can only describe as held-back intensity. It's a performance both of subtlety and of passion at the same time. Extra kudos must be given to Ellen Burstyn who delivers an extremely heartwarming and absolutely brilliant supporting performance.The musical score by Clint Mansell is absolutely, completely and utterly gorgeous. It's minimalist serves as quite a polar opposite to the profoundness of the film itself but extremely intense. It is a score that perfectly emulates the feeling, emotions and mood of the film. It's the perfect type of score, and the melody itself is extremely appealing to the ear, with extensive and almost exclusive use of string instruments.And of course, the special effects and when they appear, they are quite prominent are nothing short of amazing. Just amazing. I have nothing more to add, just see it for yourself and be impressed.But really, one finds it difficult to remove ones mind from the spectacle that is the film. The Fountain is, quite simply, unlike ANY other film I have ever seen. The only movie it even only slightly resembles in terms of vagueness and atmosphere is 2001: A Space Odyssey, although The Fountain is only ever so slightly more down to earth. This isn't to say that it's an imitation of Space Odyssey nor that it has similar things to say, but you do get that feeling while watching The Fountain that you are experiencing something incredibly profound. And profound it is. I never stopped thinking about the film since I saw it last Saturday, and I still don't think that I fully understand everything the film has to offer. But it is absolutely loaded with substance ripe for interpretation. I have recently developed a theory regarding SOME of the themes of the film, but there is still much to decipher. What is important to say is that it is the type of film in which every single shot. Every single editing decision, every single is thought out right down to the last little detail, because it is all these little details that combine to create the broader picture, the profound meaning.The Fountain isn't "this year's Eternal Sunshine". It isn't the "next Space Odyssey", although I can assure you, if you enjoyed either of these two films and preferably both , you should find much The Fountain that will appeal to you. It's a movie that many people will not like, perhaps even hate. But I was profoundly affected by it. See it. Decide for yourself. It's definitely one incredible film experience.
It's all done except the last chapter. I want you to help me. FINISH IT... (by Otto-Maddox)
"TheFountain" is a story tackling three different time periods. Tomas Hugh Jackman is a 16th century Conquistador on a bloody hunt though a hidden Mayan temple to retrieve sap from the mythical Tree of Life for his queen Rachel Weisz , who is desperate for immortality. In 2005, Tom Jackman is a doctor frenetically searching for the cure to cancer to save the life of his wife Izzi Weisz , who is in the final throes of her battle with death. Five hundred years later, Tom travels through space on a quest to reach the place of tranquility that Izzi spoke fondly of, using the Tree <more>
as a device to get him to the answers he needs to rest his weary mind....In performances that can only be described as exquisite, Jackman and Weisz assist their director in opening up this knotty story through their soulful and romantic interpretations of desperation and peace. Essentially playing one lost soul, Jackman foams with remarkable anguish as he performs three separate interpretations of duty, handing in career-defining work. Weisz is the face of love in "The Fountain," lending the film a flowering emotional core of the film.The Fountain" is masterful on so many unique levels, presenting a demanding filmgoing experience that should elicit a grand sense of awe on an emotional and spiritual level unlike anything you've seen this year.Aronofsky has out done himself again....
Ambitious, Moving, and a Conversation Stimulator (by smash1464)
I was lucky enough to see a screening of The Fountain a few days before the official release date. The music was hauntingly beautiful.The use of micro-photography made the visual effects gorgeous. Still-shot images of this movie should be framed and hung wherever there are large groups of people present.I was engrossed in the story. It's complex, yet basic at its core. I literally felt the tragedy of the situation. And despite connecting with that tragedy emotionally, I couldn't help but sit in awe as the credits began rolling. I felt neither depressed nor hopeful as the experience <more>
ended . I just felt spent, moved , and incredibly eager to engage in discussion.I have a newfound respect for the talent of both Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. If I see either of them on the street I will feel compelled to offer a handshake.I am convinced Darren Aronofsky is going to be regarded as one of the elite directors of our time before his career comes to an end.Overall, this movie is layered in intriguing elements. I've heard it described as a poem, and I agree entirely. It's like a timeless poem in that it deserves to be revisited, both in viewings and in conversation.
A hard, but intelligent film (by baldwinbrothers2000)
I recently saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival.I was eagerly anticipating it's release, being a big fan of Pi and Requiem for a Dream. That being said, this is a hard film to watch. It has beautiful cinematography, an amazing score, and very impressive acting, however, I feel that the advertising on the film has been misleading. This is not a love story, nor is it a science fiction film although it has elements of both .The true core of the film is a man dealing with the idea of mortality. The fact that he, and everyone, especially the woman he loves, is going to <more>
die. This is nothing like Requiem for a Dream or Pi, it has a heavier feel to it, though it is not as depressing. Not everyone will like this movie, in fact, I find it hard to believe that this will get a wide release, as it is not a commercial film. It is an art film, a discussion piece, a beautiful poem about the fragility of life and the idea of forever.
Worth the Six Year Wait, Even if it Wasn't What I Expected (by thefiddle)
I just saw The Fountain last night in a tiny indie theatre and have not been able to stop thinking about it since. There is something truly haunting about this film. I started watching it, somewhat familiar with non-narrative films, but having never been so affected by one as this one affected me. The film provokes something very human out of its audience. I can remember being one of seven people in the audience having had a full house in the beginning and still watching the credits afterward, sharing a very similar strange sensation. It wasn't joy. It wasn't sorrow. It was just <more>
feeling a part of something that I can't explain, and I think the movie is something quite remarkable for being able to do that.I don't particularly feel like commenting on the performances of this film or the visuals because that is all anyone has been talking about lately. Both are spectacular without a doubt, but what I would rather talk about is this very 50/50 split between people on this film. Everyone loves controversy. The critics in my opinion have been very harsh about the film's approach to the story and how they consider it incoherent. The Fountain is a film of its own narrative and a very original one at that, I would argue, so it is no wonder why audiences are divided, but the critics are people who should be used to this kind of thing if they are true movie critics. These people have obviously never been able to sit through a David Lynch film. The Fountain evokes a much more harmonious feeling through its non-linear narrative than any Lynchian film could, which is new for me. However, many critics I'm directing this to those who submit to Rottentomatos.com are calling the film too artsy-fartsy and accusing Aronofsky of being too pretentiously... Well, of course the film is pretentiously. It's art. Has our culture become so used to being spoon-fed basic plot narratives that we have grown an aversion to art when art is not necessarily coherent or makes us uncomfortable in some way? I am usually not one for the experimental narrative, but part of going to the movies used to be about seeing something you've never seen before... Well, I can't say I've seen anything like The Fountain quite before, so I consider it a success in my mind.Don't go into The Fountain expecting a typical film, because it isn't that. It reads more like a poem than a film and I can understand why the average moviegoer would stray away from seeing something like that. The critics I am a bit more disappointed with, but hey! Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny is playing too and that movie is very enjoyable if you'd just rather watch a movie and not think.
Let me say at the onset that I would like to recommend this if only based on the passion. I have a special interest in filmmakers who feature their lovers. This man is so deeply in love with this woman that you cannot but be aroused by the depth, the urge, the engagement.In that sense it is real, a love story that connects and is as a result extremely powerful.But as a film instead of a love experience, it fails. I hate to report this, because the man is so cinematic and adventuresome. But the problem is that he structures his projects in ways that are supposed to matter. He built <more>
"Pi" in a way that was supposed to reflect mathematical hallucination of genius. He structured "Requiem" so that it was not only a story about the dissolution of a mind through addiction, but displayed in that manner. The problem is that "Pi's" structure had about as much to do with inspired insight as macaroni and cheese. "Requiem" was coherent, but the devolution in the vision had little to do with the way things really happen.This is a love story, told with love, and permeated by love. So he has that right, but where the especially considered structure is concerned, he is as incompetent as before. Its too bad. I believe that narrative folding of the sort he tries here is the future. I believe so because it can greatly enhance the power of storytelling and in particular cinematic narrative.I believe in a generation, everyone other than the nostalgic will be working this way intuitively. Its why it pains me to say that in terms of the folding here, its a failure. Oh, it has all the slices: reverse narrative: parallel narrative. One narrative writing or dreaming or magically projecting another. A life as planet, a love as religion. A death as life. A walk not walk. Expectations as beginnings. Mechanically, its all there.But it isn't connected. The passion of the story which really, truly makes this film matter is not connected at all to the narrative devices employed. It the broom playing with the toaster in the foreground which in the background the couple makes love.Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.