Different fantasy about Life and Death. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are great together in the film and it is hard not to be moved by their sad story. Darren Aronofsky's visual style always engages and I love the ending that can be interpreted different each time you see it.
A prog rock album cover come to life. It needed more symphonic metal on the soundtrack. Both profoundly silly and rather moving. It was nice to watch an Aronofsky film that displayed some love for humanity. In place of the misogyny that taints his other films, you have bizarre cultural reappropriation. A white dude struts up to an ayahuasca ceremony in dark shades & proceeds to tell the shaman how enlightened he is.
A truly extraordinary piece of complete tosh. Not even the otherwise perfect Rachel Weisz could redeem this nonsense. I left it a star only so I could write this review. A complete waste of time. I totally resent the 97 minutes I wasted watching this. Mubi - what were you thinking?
Aims for the ineffable but manages only to be largely insufferable. Some glorious visuals but sadly harnessed to material that my grandmother would have described as completely doolally complete with some very dubious and largely inexplicable recasting of the Inquisition.
Gorgeous sci-fi from Darren Aronofsky, The Fountain explores some interesting themes of love, pain, and the chance for immortality (as is the case with many other Aronofsky movies). It also benefits from two superb performances from Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman. Fantastic stuff.
That is some serious twaddle. A guy sitting in lotus position floats around in a pod in space, an angry scientist looks for a cure for his angelic wife's cancer, and a conquistador searches in the jungle for the hairy tree of life and immortality. It's all connected and It's three terrible movies for the price of one. Hugh Jackman has had some acting classes right??
I did not expect a critical medical bio as the background to this film from the previous reviews. Also that the film plays in different times is not random but it is derived from the book the wife has written. The Zen motives make sense given the rage to succeed in medical research. The work—life balance topic and the quest for eternal life has the potential to make this film a quasi-religious new age cult film.
In this case, Aronofsky doesn't convince me. On the technical level there are some remarkable aspects and the visuals are sometimes impressive although they turn into mere kitsch in the end (also thanks to Clint Mansell's repetitive score). One of the most disappointing things is that the director uses his abilities to blow up a simplistic message and to romanticise the deeds of the Spanish conquistadors.
Aronofsky's wet dream, a dream-like bonfire of self-indulgence, an affected concoction of silliness and frivolity. Its glossy appearance hides a lot of nothingness. The focal point of the film is a well-trodden path but Aronofsky's aspiration to elevate this mundane tale into something heavenly transcendent quickly degenerates into an infantile and over-exhuberant malarkey by lack of elegance and refinement.