Posted by: da_nibbler | January 10, 2009

The Fountain

Aronofksy’s The Fountain is even more of an experience than his earlier films. With his storytelling combined with brilliant cinematography and his palatte of terrific actors he has created a unique piece of cinema that touches us in ways we never thought possible. It is not the destination but the journey that is the goal.

The story takes place in three different timelines. First we have a 16th century conquistador (Jackman) who is following his queen’s (Weisz) wishes and tries to find the tree of life in order to save her. Then there is the contemporary storyline where we have Dr. Thomas Creo (Jackman) who is trying to find a cure for his wife Izzy (Weisz) who is dying of a brain tumor. Last but not least we have a man (Jackman) in the future travelling through space inside a bubble that contains the tree of life, which he is trying to fly into a dying star.

I didnt know anything about this film other than that the main character Thomas (Jackman) was trying to find a cure for his wife’s (Weisz) disease and that it was Aronofsky’s next project. The latter was already enough to lure me into the theatre given that he always created unique pieces of storytelling. His films are more than entertainment, they are an artform. And his newest one fits that description even more so than his earlier ones.

The premise of the film is easy to understand and yet not fully graspable. Its about life, death, reincarnation, beliefs, faith and science etc. People not being able to cope with death, trying to defy death at all costs – even the cost of not living their lifes? It does not have one message, but as many as you can take away from it. This film does universally touch us all – in different ways and the experience will be different for every single one of us.

The performances are amazing. Hugh Jackman shows what he can deliver as an actor portraying the man-with-a-quest in all three storylines. The scenes with Rachel Weisz are romantic, touching and tragic. His obsession with trying to find a cure is touching, easy to identify with as well as bordering on the insane.

Understanding the story, how all three storylines interconnect and fall into place, is not important to fully experience the film. The beautiful and deliberate cinematography takes you on a spiritual and emotional journey through all three timeframes that are inherently different in their looks as they are similar in their content. With the brilliant score underlining the story and characters in every moment this film is a feast for the senses. Repetitive viewing recommended. An absolutely unique cinematic experience.

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