2018 Film Challenge: 5. The Fountain

After watching ‘Mother!’ last year, I had a bit of an Aronofsky downloading binge, which included this film. I thought it was good, though I didn’t enjoy it as much as Black Swan or Mother!, or even Requiem For A Dream (if ‘enjoy’ is the right word for that film…).

It’s a difficult one to describe, so here are my bullet-pointed thoughts made whilst watching it:

  • This all seems a bit Lord Of The Rings
  • This feels tranquil and tense at the same time
  • I’m liking all the stars and twinkly lights
  • That bath’s not big enough for that! You’re going to injure yourself on the taps.
  • It’s a monkey?
  • Agh, it’s Hector Salamanca! Looking like Obi Wan Kenobi.
  • He he, ‘bondage’
  • This is like something out of an adventure game
  • I’ve got a really itchy foot (unrelated to the film. I think)
  • Ah. Oh. Ow! Ew.
  • He he, ‘bondage’ again
  • Sap or semen?
  • It’s like Grim Fandango!
  • Ooh blimey
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One Response to 2018 Film Challenge: 5. The Fountain

  1. Crashing Elliptical says:

    I recently signed up for Amazon Prime, and as this is included as part of Prime Video I decided to give it a watch. I really wanted to like it, but being honest I found it a bit dull. Even though a lot happened I still felt it never really got going, if that makes sense?

    I definitely prefer the other Aronofsky films I’ve seen. I feel kind of bad saying that as it clearly means a lot to the director – when it’s funding was withdrawn, he issued the story as a graphic novel, so people could still experience it. When the blu-ray was released he was disappointed by the lack of extras the studio included, so he petitioned for a Criterion edition to be released full of supplements. He even recorded a commentary track and made it available on his website – but I have to be honest. He has expressed an interest in re-cutting the film to tell a new story combining the existing theatrical footage with unused scenes, so I guess that could be interesting.

    I did like Rachel Weisz’s performance (I actually watched this straight after getting back from the cinema, where I’d been to see The Mercy, so it was a bit of a Weisz-athon for me!), and I did like the soundtrack, but overall it didn’t really do it for me.

    Most importantly however Chantal’s Movie Bonk-a-Thon is now sitting at 5/5…

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