The Fountain (2006)
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|Movie Review by Jesse |
May 19th, 2007
Brilliant... just brilliant! Darren Aronofsky is a genius and this is in the same league as his previous masterpiece Requiem for a Dream. With so many people disliking this film and many people I know telling me to avoid it, I was hesitant to see this. However, after I watched it for the first time I was amazed. Not only amazed at the mindblowing film experience I had just had, but amazed at why so many people hated this film.
It is absolutely brilliant; one of the most original and thought-provoking films I have ever seen. I believe that many people disliked this film because their tiny minds couldn't understand the very beautiful plot. It's really not that confusing when you think about it. If you have the patience and attentiveness, you'll understand it.
Between Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, there are large differences, but they are still both very similar. His imagination and creativity are evident in both films, but with The Fountain, you just have to expand your mind a little bit more. In both films, the acting is top notch. One of the best performances I have ever seen has come from an Aronofsky film: Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream. Hugh Jackman was phenomenal in this film. He did everything right, everything that would help the film's plot progress he did and he did it so well. I was very impressed with him. I no longer see him as Wolverine, but as a great actor. Rachel Weisz was, of course, terrific as well and it was great to see Ellen Burstyn, too.
The technical aspects were mesmerizing especially the cinematography. Matthew Libatique is a wonderful cinematographer and his work on this film is Oscar-worthy. Unfortunately, this film was snubbed of all it's potential Oscar nominations just as Requiem for a Dream was (minus the Burstyn nod). The original score was absolutely beautiful, too. Clint Mansell was also snubbed by the Academy, but did receive a Globe nomination. Even the visuals were terrific. I just feel that these people aren't being acknowledged as they should be.
The critics were very harsh towards this film and I really don't understand it. I can understand how many of the stupid little people out there don't like it since their small and feeble brains can't comprehend such brilliance, but the critics have disappointed me (as always). As long as some people out there appreciate this masterpiece, then I'll be happy.
In the end, my appreciation for Darren Aronofsky has grown immensely. He's one of my favourite directors of today. Everything he produces is genius and I hope it remains that way. This film is breathtaking and I can't even express how much I loved this film. I just hope that all of you who haven't seen it will watch it and open your minds to absorb an amazing story. I also hope that all of you who have seen it and didn't like it, perhaps rewatch it and give it another chance, because you might just notice something that you missed the first time around. Highly recommended and one of my new personal favourites.
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