September 1st 2008 12:14
The film is Darren Aronofsky’s interpretation of the graphic novel of the same name, and boldly explores complex and thought-provoking themes such as death and the meaning of life.
The Fountain’s fractured chronology moves between three main stories; one set in present day, one in Spain during the time of the Conquistadores, and a third in a futuristic bubble traversing through time and space.
The film focuses on two lovers, played by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. Whilst Weisz’s performance is arguably one of her best, Jackman is truly the star of the show here. Featuring in every single one of the Fountain’s scenes, Jackman’s talents are showcased here through a consistently powerful and emotional performance.
Some critics have labelled The Fountain as “visual poetry”, and the artistic creativity that Aronofsky offers certainly justifies this distinction.
The Fountain is a groundbreaking film that comes as close to redefining a genre as any can hope for, and is one that would be appreciated not simply by romantics but by those who appreciate cinematic innovation in general.
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