Death is the road to awe
Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
"Our bodies are prisons for our souls. Our skin and blood, the iron bars of confinement. But fear not. All flesh decays. Death turns all to ash. And thus, death frees every soul."
You don't watch The Fountain, you experience it, Darren Aronofsky created not only a philosophy but an understanding of love, death and acceptance.
The story is basic, in one hand is about love and in the other is about life and death. There are three stories that mirror each other, one is in the past, another in the present and the third in the future. Aronofsky jumps back and…
There is a lot wrong with this film. Its script is unnecessarily convoluted and it confuses in order to hide a flawed narrative. It hops and skips too often and in doing so tries to over complicate the simplicity of the story.
And I could not care less about all that.
This is one of the most beautiful visual representations of loss, grief, spirituality and obsession I've ever seen. Aronofsky manages to find an impressive balance between subtle imagery and bombastic splendour. He thus accompanies the main characters' search for acceptance of loss, travel through grief and pursuit of redemption.
The raw emotion, captured in the guise of a stunning Jackman, is what resonates most within me. He is the…
The Fountain is Darren Aronofsky’s one and only critical failure as a director, yet whilst it may be overwrought and with delusions of grandeur it is a film I find myself warming to more and more with each new viewing. It is a film that requires the audience to buy into the world depicted on screen otherwise it can be a tortuously silly exercise in metaphysical claptrap. However, if you are willing to invest, and forgive its innate pretentiousness and trite mysticism, you may well discover a moving story about the transcendent power of love and eternal connectedness.
It is still a compromised vision, cut down from Aronofsky’s original intended story (which you can read in comic book form), yet…
A very strange film, this. Some of it is quite thought provoking, interesting and emotionally charged. Some of it made me laugh when I'm assuming wasn't the intention. It was a bit silly, a bit fascinating, a bit lame, a bit dazzling...
Clint Mansell makes this movie a masterpiece. No doubt, Darren Aronofsky is an excellent director, and he crafts an epic tale here, but it is the score to this film that captured my heart and rocked my world. It is so moving, so powerful and fits so perfectly with the tone of the film. Synthesis I guess, is what I'm getting at. The plot itself is a little hokey and some of the symbolism is a bit obvious (tree of life, garden of eden etc...) I still think this is Aronofsky's best and most underrated film. Give it a shot, even for the score alone.
Emotional and beautifully told, dealing with loss and the coming to terms with one's mortality. Allowing for repeated motifs, 'The Fountain' elegantly interweaves two (arguably) fictional stories into the main one of the movie's reality. Smartly, this enables complex interpretations through the knowledge of their authors' respective perspective and intent. Jackman's flawless performance is one for the ages. I also agree with several other reviewers that Clint Mansell's score is sublime.
Few films have treated the idea of loving someone forever as seriously and reverently as this.
"Did you like it?"
"I...don't think so."
Me, asking my girlfriend. What you can't hear is her voice, which was confused, angered, and maybe a little pained. The Fountain can be a confusing and frustrating experience, but it IS an experience; for me, everything work. It is a shame this wasn't well-received, as it's a beautiful exploration of love via death.
I didn't love this mostly because I am sort of lukewarm on Jackman.
Less refined than Aronofsky's other works but also far more ambitious. Overall this is a solid picture but there are two problems that plague it throughout. The first is that while there are scenes of shear beauty in its cinematography these scenes are quite literally overshadowed by shots that are uncomfortably dark and dull. The other problem is while the conquistador story is great and the scifi story is good the main story, set in present times, is pretty generic and uninteresting.
This movie's weird. It's about fountains and shit.
I just spent 30 minutes writing out an extremely long and detailed review only to realize it's best to keep it simple.
But let it suffice to say: This is a masterpiece. Of the thousands of movies I've seen in recent years, this is the one on the tip of my tongue every time I'm asked for my "favorite movie" - though I never say so to avoid committing film-junky heresy with an actual answer to that question.
I would truly love to write if only briefly about the 3 story-lines and the immense emotional and creative power within them (and their relationship), but I feel it's one of those subjects best suited to a conversation and not to a…
it is no secret that i rather see a movie where style trumps substance but in this case i think it went way too far with the style even though there was more substance.
featuring once again outstanding work from MATTHER LIBATIQUE [cinematography] and CLINT MANSELL [score], this film showcases the crew’s talents more than anything else.
Another film that i feel will grow on me with re-watches. Even though I gave it a 5 star rating originally, i still feel as though some of the meaning and themes have yet to leave a lasting impression on me. The visuals are stunning and the performances are great especially Jackman, and those alone earn it a high rating. I loved the film overall but i feel it still needs some time to sink in.
A great sci-fi/fantasy love story with some stunning imagery (lotus position space monk included) and an excellent Hugh Jackman performance. Clint Mansell steals the show though with a more than befitting sumptuous score. Death is the road to awe indeed.