Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Fountain

After having read everything about The Fountain, after having seen it and digested it for myself, I gotta say that Jim Emerson’s closing comments in his review sums up my feelings perfectly:

“Yes, The Fountain overreaches on every level, and that's exactly what I like about it. Big subject, big canvas, big ambitions. A young director's ungainly and overwrought folly? By all means, in the sense that
Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia or Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho or Martin Scorsese's New York, New York or Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 are follies.

They're all bold attempts -- some more successful than others -- by passionate young filmmakers in their late 20s to mid-30s to sum up their own sensibilities and experience, to cram just about everything they know and feel, about life and about movies, on the screen at once.

That doesn't make for smooth, comfortable viewing, but I'd much rather watch somebody shoot for the moon when the stakes are sky-high than sit back while they play it safe.”


Mim said...

I remember moments from those movies: very intense moments. Maybe they weren't very cohesive, but they all had lots of great moments that stand as little vignettes of human experience.

If The Fountain can be compared to any of those others, watching it will be a worthwhile experience.

GameArs said...

Sounds delicious. I love those movies.

Mim said...

I didn't actually watch the trailer you posted until last night, MM. My son and I saw this trailer last week when we saw The Prestige. The Prestige was disappointing, but I was jazzed about seeing The Fountain from the trailer.

My son and I have agreed that The Fountain will be our movie this weekend.

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