If you are really itching to burn $12, do yourself a favor and just strike a match and get it over with in the back yard. Just don’t make the mistake of burning it on seeing the movie The Fountain. We went Christmas shopping today and decided to see a movie while we were out. We couldn’t decide between Deja Vu and The Fountain. We saw the trailer for The Fountain on the History Channel the other night and it looked like an interesting story about the search for the fountain of youth. Here is part of a review of it from IMDB:
“I recently saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival.I was eagerly anticipating it’s release, being a big fan of Pi and Requiem for a Dream. That being said, this is a hard film to watch. It has beautiful cinematography, an amazing score, and very impressive acting, however, I feel that the advertising on the film has been misleading. This is not a love story, nor is it a science fiction film (although it has elements of both).The true core of the film is a man dealing with the idea of mortality.”
*Emphasis added by me
I would agree with that reviewer totally. The acting, score and cinematography were excellent. The story however was worse than bad. It was so “out there” that anyone who is currently not tripping on acid is going to be totally lost within 15 minutes. Even if you take the confusing parts as metaphor, you still can’t make the metaphors mesh. I haven’t been so confused by a movie since 12 Monkeys. I also agree with the reviewer that the advertising was very misleading. It was billed as a sci-fi/fantasy lovestory about a quest for the fountain of youth. Yes, it had some space, swordfighting and kissing. But if it’s a sci-fi/fantasy lovestory, so is Santa Clause 2.