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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking . . . But There is a Caveat . . ., January 3, 2007
This film is a artistic masterpiece. Its graceful beauty is does not permit debate. It will be an exquisite experience for any lover of art. The sheer visual originality will transfix the viewer. It is without pretense . . . its message is universal.

Here is the caveat: you need not be "educated" in film to understand this work . . . you need not be a Ph.D. holder to enjoy its majesty . . . you need not have any background in Early Colonialism to follow Aronofsky's thoughts . . . but you do need to be patient. You need to prepare yourself for a visual experience that rivals Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. You need to surrender yourself to Aronofsky's vision. His non-linear approach may initially confuse the viewer . . . his metaphors may initially frustrate . . . . his repetition may initially annoy . . . but try to understand these aspects as essential to the film's glory. Trust Aronofsky to guide you through the film . . . the more you resist his approach, the less you will be inclined to enjoy it.

Some label this film a "tear-jerker" . . . this is a terrible misnomer. Aronofsky's work did not steal one tear from my companion or me. This is not as much a work about two people, but is allegorical. So, if you are concerned that this film is a "romance," you can dismiss those fears entirely.

This film is similar to neither Requiem nor Pi . . . that is Aronofsky's genius. He is gifted with uncommon range. Moreover, this is not the Hugh Jackman with which many are acquainted . . . his acting is sensitive to detail and strikingly stark. Rachel Weisz enthusiasts may be equally surprised . . . but hopefully in positive manner.

Here is the bottom line: this is neither X-Men nor The Mummy, it is neither Pi nor Requiem . . . this film is as innovative as it is spectacular. Nonetheless, if you need a linear plot, if you must have explanations, if you have limited patience, you will find yourself frustrated. But, if you find yourself bored with contemporary film, tired of its predictability, exhausted with its pedestrian qualities . . . if you simply yearn to view a challenging work of art, allow The Fountain to work its uncanny "magic" on you.
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Initial post: May 21, 2007 12:17:08 AM PDT
You are very full of yourself aren't you?

Reading your review really turned me off to the film. If the film is half as pretentious as you seem from your wordy review, I'll hate it.

Just wanted you to know that you should try using a regular vocabulary instead of trying so hard to impress us with your IQ.

Cheers! :)

Posted on May 30, 2007 4:36:08 PM PDT
I agree, you could have definitely said everything that you needed to say in about a quarter of the length of what you gave us. Lay off the repetition and circumlocution and stick to the movie rather than yourself.

Posted on May 31, 2007 8:58:03 AM PDT
Personally I liked your review. It was neither pretentious or wordy. Thanks

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 8:47:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2007 8:49:13 AM PDT
Dana says:
The hateful comments shown here must have been meant for that surreal Cordes review and not yours. Your notes on the movie are clear, informative and give perspective to my expectations. I guess when you use big words like 'caveat' people get scared and think you're a snob.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2007 9:41:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2007 9:42:48 AM PDT
Bartholomew says:
I have to say she sort of came across "snobbish", even though it was probably not her intention. Otherwise a good review.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 11:47:44 AM PDT
Seacouch says:
Excellent, and very helpful review. The negative comments are totally unjustified. Thank you!

Posted on Jul 22, 2007 4:09:11 AM PDT
J. Ramos says:
Just thought I'd point out the error in the second sentence, which was re-written, proves the author was indeed as concerned with her prose as her content.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 1:01:44 PM PDT
haha reviewing a reviewer! brilliant!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2007 1:12:56 PM PDT
This film is allegorical, sure. But to say its a "misnomer" to call it a "romance" is idiotic. The film is based on what one person will go through to try and keep the person he loves alive.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 10:35:36 AM PST
R. Huffman says:
As a graduate from a prominent art school, I always appreciate artistic films, but you are trying to reach and find something that isn't there.
As is the case with so many artist who reach for something deep, so is the case with this film.
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