Monday, September 28, 2009
Hidden Gems: The Fountain
Darren Aronofsky is in my opinion one of the finest filmmakers out there right now. His works sport unique concepts filled with endless imagination, which is a rarity in American films nowadays. Aronofsky got his start doing low budget Indy films, finally with The Fountain, Aronofsky had the money to just let his imagination run free, and he delivers his best
film to date.
The story of The Fountain is about one man's search for immortality over the course of a thousand years, resulting in a story that is both about the meaning of life and death.
As mentioned, the film, which was both written and directed by Aronofsky, is simply amazing. The direction is crisp, the cinematography is a wonder to behold, the musical score is magnificent sound to go along with the visual splendor, and the acting from this stellar cast is terrific (in particular the performance from Hugh Jackman).
The Fountain is simply an amazing film. It is heartbreaking and emotional, while also being terrific eye candy; and just like any other film from Darren Aronofsky, you must be willing to go into unexplored territory. If you're wanting a safe movie that follows all of the typical guidelines for drama films, then this isn't for you, but if you want a movie that takes you places dramatically that no other movie has ever dared to go, then you will love The Fountain.
Aronofsky's beautiful fantasy about life-and-death is a film that should not be missed.