Quick Review: Darren Aronofsky's _The Fountain_
Wikipedia's very-informative entry on the film speaks for itself.
The film left me spellbound -- it's the closest to 2001: A Space Odyssey a work has gotten. And what Aronofsky did with a limited budget ($35 million)is amazing. He's by far the best close-shot filmmaker out there, and his films take on huge themes -- mortality, love, addiction (Requiem for a Dream) -- and address them successfully.
My eyes teared up at one of the death scenes, not because of sentimentality, but because of the beautiful visual development over the course of the film.
There's also another brilliant scene where he takes out almost all outside street noise to emphasize one character's depression.
And I just loved how he used two actors -- Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz -- in six total roles to create the science fiction-based theme of Eternal Recurrence.
This was a 9 out of 10 for me -- the only downside being the "lost shots" resulting from the $35 million cut in budget for the film, for it was originally slated to star Brad Pitt with a $70 million budget.
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