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The Fountain by Ray of Light 11/22/2006, 9:24pm PST
I lobbied my five moviegoing companions hard to see this tonight (instead of Deja Vu), arguing that Aronofsky had made one movie for the critics (PI) and one for the audience (Requiem), it followed that his third would be made for himself and the result would be genius or unwatchable.

To my surprise, I thought it was brilliant. I fell asleep during The Thin Red Line. And again, during Solaris. They were a lot less pretentious than Fountain! I should have hated it.

The other five of us thought it was stupid (update: one came around after I explained the ending), and that I understand. They were having such a good time laughing at it, that I felt like an asshole telling them that they were wrong. Tomatometer gives it 44%; I'm surprised the number is even that high. The movie is easy to attack, begs to be attacked on many fronts: too short for a drama, no childhood flashbacks to develop characters, unapologetic artiness, and a slew of scenes with emotions we can't share because the movie never invited us to identify with anyone.

This here review is one of few that resists the urge to attack. As you read it--and you should--you'll note that he doesn't try to answer the inevitable complaints. The movie is not easily defensible. Instead, he tries to convey the effect that the story had on him, and hope that you'll give it a chance to have the same effects on YOU.

I'm not even going to do THAT much, because it would entail talking emotions on an internet message board. I'm just instructing you to see it.
The Fountain by Ray of Light 11/22/2006, 9:24pm PST NEW
    Warn people that it's sad! Plus tell them that Mogwai did lots of the music! by Fussbett 11/26/2006, 8:05pm PST NEW
    SPOILERS ending discussion SPOILERS by Fussbett 11/26/2006, 9:00pm PST NEW
        Re: SPOILERS ending discussion SPOILERS by Mischief Maker 11/28/2006, 7:47am PST NEW
            Re: SPOILERS ending discussion SPOILERS by Fussbett 12/03/2006, 10:54pm PST NEW
                Poorly/hastily written, let me clarify by MM 12/04/2006, 8:33am PST NEW
    4/4 at "Arrow in the Head" horror movie reviews by MM 12/04/2006, 8:50am PST NEW
    Comic Book by Cannibal Dave 12/29/2006, 9:25pm PST NEW
        I'm never going to read this, why don't you just give me the gist of it? NT by Jerry Whorebach 07/27/2008, 8:02pm PDT NEW
    Nobody can keep anything on line. by Caltrops Magic Posting Company 09/17/2011, 11:21am PDT NEW
        Thanks. NT by Mischief Maker 09/20/2012, 6:43am PDT NEW
    Director's Commentary by Mischief Maker 09/20/2012, 6:42am PDT NEW
        I really enjoyed this thread. Loved the movie. NT by Ryan Paul 09/20/2012, 7:25am PDT NEW
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