Kean (music_slut) wrote,
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The Fountain

So. Today I saw The Fountain. I was actually kind of dreading seeing this movie, after it had been built up for so long (I of course, being one to blame after being so irrationally excited about it for such a long time). After hearing that the film was booed at the Venice Film Festival and was being panned by critics, I was terrified. Was this really going to be a terrible movie?

Filled with narrow, enclosed sets and frequent closeups of the two main characters, The Fountain is both incredibly intimate and utterly claustrophobic. It's also one of the most cinematic movies I've seen in a very long time. The repetition of visual motifs and repeating camera angles worked amazingly well, and is definitely something that only film could get away with (there is also one scene that is a direct "quotation" from Kurosawa's Ikiru that worked equally as well in this movie). The plot of the film is so simple (the trailer basically communicates the entire plot of the film from beginning to end), and all that's left is the journey to keep us interested -- and it works, but only just barely. Wolverine Hugh Jackman puts in an amazing performance which only hits (unfortunately) two extremes - weepy or angry - and Weisz wasn't given much more to do than to be the object of his affections, and yet I still found myself being uncontrollably weepy as the movie moved into the final act.

The finale of the movie is probably going to be the dividing line for a lot of people. There was a point as the film was coming to a close that could've allowed the filmmakers to take a more traditional route to ending the film, but instead, the ending turns into one gigantic existential headtrip that people are probably going to absolutely love or violently hate. I was in the former category, mostly because I had let myself get swept away into this world that they had created (I should point out that I am a complete and utter sap when it comes to Stories About People Facing Death), but I think I can see a lot of people that aren't going to be as willing to follow along as easily as I was.

This film is not a grand epic by any stretch of the imagination, nor is it The Greatest Film Ever Made (or even Our Generation's 2001 as many other people have said), but it's certainly a wonderfully crafted little film that takes a few risks in telling its story, and for that, I loved it. That I've written so much about it already says it all, I think.

I already want to see this movie again, dammit.
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