(Some) ingredients are there. There is some good cinematography (like the one that produced the image we see in the film's profile here). But the storytelling does not hold together. The awful revisionism on what conquistadors were and inquisition was, turning Spain (and its Queen) into a victim of the inquisition is really awkard. Or maybe it's not revisionism, and I didn't get it. Maybe it's the character's lunacy.
It's sad really. This film had everything to be a masterpiece, but a clunky, over-stylised, metaphysical meta-narrative only obscures an emotional love story of one man trying to save his dying wife. You cannot criticise Aronofsky's ambition, and one wonders that if he was allowed to make the film on his original terms and budget, would the film have been better.
At it's most simple, The Fountain is a beautiful love story. One that could get an emotional reaction without much time spent on either character's past. Jackman and Weisz excellently absorbed me into their existences and depressing ordeal. I found that aspect to be heartbreaking genius. Everything else (and there is quite a bit of "else" in here), I could care less.
A very hard film to watch and might seems confusing for some people as it is tackling three different time periods. But for me this is fantastic. It's cinematically rich and haunting which's also thought-provoking and played like a beautiful poem. I can't even begin to describe the feelings it has affected me after I watched this movie. And the soundtrack score by Clint Mansell is absolutely gorgeous!
I almost peed my pants through those epic final minutes even if I wasn't understanding all that was going on there. Sometimes the film is too out there, specially the futuristic space bubble with the hairy tree. I couldn't make much sense of those scenes before reading about it, but they provided some of the most stunning visuals. Jackman and Weisz were both great. And Clint Mansell killed it on the soundtrack.
Well I've used up enough tears for about a month. This is a great example of perfect casting. Jackman's greatest performance and Rachel Weisz was amazing. The visuals were certainly impressive but it's the core story of the film that really got to me. An extremely sad but touching film.
Great upon second viewing. Written about one of the most important topics to man: death. Aronofsky wrote, and directed it with brave conviction and luminance. In 'The Fountain' thread, people discussed whether the film is uplifting or saddening, and I agree with ultimately uplifting. The visuals and yes, score, help lift this film to ethereal proportions, but the meat of it here is the gorgeous content.
The power of this film demonstrates the human's emotional take on life and death. "Death is the road to awe." simple as that, but difficult to understand. This is an incredible film, with great performances, amazing images, and powerful words that will capture your heart and soul.