Movie review: The Fountain

July 11, 2007 at 6:12 am | Posted in art, astronomy, culture, movie, movies, The Fountain | 3 Comments

The Fountain What an absolutely incredible movie! Every scene will take your breath away!

I had no idea what I was in for when I rented this film. In fact, I don’t even remember renting it. But I’m sure glad I did.

Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz give first rate performances. As of this moment, Darren Aronofsky is officially my favorite director. The artistry for this film is beyond amazing.

It seems as though every shot was painstakingly undertaken to ensure the greatest detail, symmetry, and mood. Elevator walls, hospital floors, lighting in hallways, bedrooms, castles, pyramids, hairs, lips, tongues, tears, sounds, stars, nebulae, trees, plants — everything in this movie is a feast for the senses.

For all the fantasy and theatrics, there is even more. The movie deals with life, death, and immortality on a level that could easily be interpreted as a modern day Gilgamesh story. Romance, patriotism, and religion all work to develop the plot in ways that you would not normally expect. I’m not sure of the validity or authenticity of the Mayan story that accounts for a good portion of the film’s plot, but it is a beautiful story nonetheless.

For those critics that would say its artistry overshadows the plot and organization, you didn’t get it! Watch it again!

Again, again, and again! I know I will…



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  1. Justin, It was indeed an interesting movie. I can see myself watching it again and again to try to follow the story. It seemed to be very New Agey.

    Like you, I wonder about the Mayan references, but the visuals of his “space ship” were second to none as far as I am concerned.

    They reminded me of the scenes from Contact where Jody Foster was making brief stops in her trip through space. All in all…a very entertaining movie.

  2. I rented this movie to watch later tonight – it sounds like my kind of film. Thanks for the review. You make it sound intriguing.

  3. that movie was good if somewhat trippy, a interesting crossover of religious/cultural/scientific ideals

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