But the story is much simpler than its self-seriousness and tonal dourness suggest. In , he rewrote the script to a more stripped down version that would cost less and got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz then his wife to star. I was a wreck on this viewing as The Fountain seemed to whisper directly to me about all my fears regarding death and what comes next, and to help me ultimately confront and accept death as a part of life. The close ups of Tommy mirror the emotional state of the viewer. The other story follows a space traveler, Tommy Jackman , an extension of Tom who, inside a bio-bubble with the dying Tree of Life, drifts into a dying star and achieves some manner of transcendence.
Tommy sees death as a disease; something to be cured. We often want to relive an aspect of our lives through film.
The haptic visuality of this scene is that it feels as if Izzi is right in front of you. From this point it becomes clearer that the journey of all of these characters are intrinsically connected by death and rebirth and the journey of Tom, the space traveler has new meaning. Circles also figure prominently in Mr.
I just knew that there was something unique that Darren Aronofsky captured.
Some of the metaphors are biblical, as with references to Genesis and the Fall of Man, and how mortality ultimately defines what it means to be human. This moves the viewer away from just being an observer on the journey of Tom future and Tomas past. Aronofsky released a commentary track for the film online, although it is no longer available.
Perhaps grief cannot be put into words and needs to be experienced. This is a focal point in the story of a woman accepting her death.
In , he rewrote the script to a more stripped down version that would cost less and got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz then his wife to star. The Fountain shows signs of its limited budget in the special FX, including several earlys-style shots that look computery and digitized today. This scene fades to white . It has been compared to A Space Odyssey for its final act, unlike Kubrick this film is an affective visual experience. This film moves into its dramatic core with the two central characters of Tommy and Izzy.
And yet I believe we have not seen the real film. Rachel Weisz is as fantastic and empathetic as ever in her roles as well. Each story exists within the other stories. The Bathtub A film such as The Fountain is a film to be experienced not seen.
This moves from a historical period film to contemporary drama and psychedelic post-mortem science fiction. This is unfortunate, as Aronofsky and Libatique conceive of occasionally breathtaking imagery. The other story follows a space traveler, Tommy Jackman , an extension of Tom who, inside a bio-bubble with the dying Tree of Life, drifts into a dying star and achieves some manner of transcendence. This often happens with films that are abstract and challenge conventions of the film formula of the three-act structure.
Trying to find a beginning and end to a film about life cycles is a moot point.
It was in this moment during the second viewing that hit me the hardest. There is a beauty in death. Production resumed once more, and Aronofsky finally got his passion project made.