2 ratings and 2 reviews
Its a pity that this film has been defined by dates and places when it seems more productive to read it symbolically and metaphorcally, as perspectives on the experience of facing death through terminal illness, and dying.
It is clearly Izzys loving perspective to see her desperate but distracted scientist husband as the conquistador in her novel, while his ambitions are seen as his fantasy skyhigh in bubble land with magical elixirs and powers gained.
Overblown in parts (Jackman so desperately missing the point) and unconvincing in others (Weiz as mentioned below, far too radiant), it took a while to engage sufficently to go along for the ride. About fourty-five minutes in, it worked for me, and the possibilities of a range of layered meanings opened up. I Loved the grand sweep of what it tried to do.
I went with a girly friend, we both agreed our partners would hate it.
First, the good news: The Fountain is only 97 minutes long. Now the bad: that's 97 minutes of rampant metaphysical codswallop... Full review.
At heart, this is a simple Zen fable about love and death. In execution, it’s a complex and gorgeous mini-epic with sterling performances from its two stars... Full review.
1/2 Like all of his previous films, it's visually arresting - if any recent film embodies the concept of cinema as poetry, this it it - but unlike "Pi" or "Requiem for a Dream," these aren't characters we're ever invested in... Full review.
Bloated and logy, and art-directed within an inch of its life, the movie shovels heaps of phony portent and all-purpose mystical imagery onto a thin and maudlin plot... Full review.
Prepare to be happily perplexed in this time-warped, mind-bending and tree-hugging ode to love and death... Full review.
As it happens, each one of these tales is also a love story, and The Fountain is Aronofsky’s profession of faith concerning love’s place in the idea of eternity. It’s a movie that’s as deeply felt as it is imagined... Full review.
The problem, though, is that its techniques run too far beyond its ideas, which are blurry and banal, rather than mysterious and resonant. The Fountain is something to see, but it is also much less, finally, than meets the eye... Full review.