At first sight The Fountain might seem to be very complex film but I think it's actually a very simple story. What I think Darren Aronofsky wanted to make was a different film that actually can provide us a different cinematic experience.
Although, I think this is the kind of film that requires more than one viewing or even two I might say. I am sure that I missed some interesting points that I'll pay more attention in future viewings.
It's very philosophical and full of symbolisms. Beautiful score and impressive acting by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.
I can see why many people love this film but I can also see why many people hate it. It's not an easy film, if you've already watched it you'll understand what I mean.
I would like to give it a higher rate, I enjoyed watching it and I can definitely see the beauty in it, but I think it was too complicated for such a quite simple story.
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Deep. Deeper. The Fountain.
Darren Aronofsky tells a love story spanning thousands of years and kindly asks us to watch it more than once, so we can dive deeper into his mind. Without spoiling much of the plot, I'll go straight to the cinematography, which is simply breathtaking, aesthetically pleasing and poetic, while the original score comes from no other than Clint Mansell, the composer behind "Requiem for a Dream" and that was a great choice. Both Jackman and Weisz are exceptional and I see no reason for reproach.
I have discussed this movie with friends and I noticed that with increased artistry or complexity, mainstream acceptance declines rapidly and this also happened with "Tree of Life", by T. Malick. This movie will not be for everyone. As previously said, It urges you to watch it again and again to understand every aspect, but rewards you with astonishing beauty in the process.
Ever since watching "Requiem for a Dream", Aronofsky has become one of my favourite directors along with Nolan, Malick and Kubrick.
9/10 - Amazing love story, gorgous cinematography, great original score and wonderful performances by the leads. If you have the time, watch it at least 2 times.
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