The Fountain

April 2, 2009

I saw The Fountain on Blu-Ray. Despite advertising that made it seem to be a gnostic film, it is not; the line used “the body is a prison for the soul” comes from the Catholic inquisitor who is an enemy of the film’s protagonists. The message of the movie is that the meaning of life is to become compost for trees, and we should feel liberated by that idea.

This shallow message is carried forward by a lot of imagery and some heavy handed editing. The main character is played by Hugh Jackman, who looks and acts as though his destiny is to play a young doctor on a daytime soap.

This is the third Darren Aronofsky film I have seem. The first, Pi, was quite good. Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain are clinkers.