November 23, 2006

BACK TO IDEAS:

"The Fountain": Beautiful, imaginative, sometimes mystifying (Moira Macdonald, 11/22/06, Seattle Times)

In the making for seven years, the film has a three-tiered structure. Its main story is set in the present, with a scientist named Tommy (Hugh Jackman) racing to discover a cure for the cancer that is killing his wife Izzi (Rachel Weisz). Meanwhile, in 16th-century Spain, Queen Isabel (Weisz) sends a conquistador, Tomas (Jackman), through battle to find the Fountain of Youth. And far into the future, a man (Jackman) travels to a distant planet to find the Tree of Life. [...]

All of this is the stuff of fantasy; even the contemporary segment seems to take place in another world, of strangely dark operating rooms and picturesque dustings of blue-tinged snow. But Tommy and Izzi's tale resonates as romantic tragedy, so much so that it's almost painful to watch. [...]

"The Fountain" would likely reward multiple viewings; at 96 minutes it's curiously short, as if its wings were slightly clipped. But it's refreshing to be in the hands of a filmmaker with a unique vision, and a pleasure to be challenged by a film's flights of imagination.


This seems a better follow-up to Mr. Aronofsky's terrific film, Pi, than Requiem was.

MORE:
: That Darren Aronofsky sure is ambitious. Too bad his movie makes no sense. (J. Hoberman, November 21st, 2006, Village Voice)

What The Fountain lacks in coherence it makes up in ambition. Aronofsky has not only aspired to make the most strenuously far-out movie of the 21st century, but the greatest love story ever told. Lest anyone imagine The Fountain to have been written by Madonna's kabbalah teacher after a week pondering El Topo and dancing to the Incredible String Band, the words "By Darren Aronofsky" are twice inscribed during the final credits. The third inscription will reveal itself in 500 years.

-A Love That Tries to Conquer All (A. O. SCOTT, NY Times)


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 23, 2006 6:19 PM
Comments

Requiem blew Pi out of the water.

Posted by: BJW at November 22, 2006 9:55 AM

Jennifer Connelly naked does not a good movie make, as witness Mullholland drive or Falls--whichever she was in. Requiem sucked because it's a bad story--the moviemaking was fine but pointless.

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2006 10:22 AM

I feel about Rachel Weisz the way oj feels about Lady Thatcher.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 22, 2006 10:46 AM

You wish she'd dress in tweed and paddle your naughty bottom?

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2006 11:06 AM

I've been a bad bad boy Mistress Weisz.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 22, 2006 11:33 AM

Wait your turn, Jim.

Posted by: Pontius at November 22, 2006 4:25 PM
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