Apr 26, 2008

The Fountain

I typically blog about shows I watch on TV, but I watched the most visually beautiful movie I have ever seen (maybe 'Pan's Labyrinth' beats it) this weekend and I just need to share about it.

It's called 'The Fountain' and is came out in 2006. It stars Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Ethan Suplee- ok, I don't expect you to recognize this last actor- but he plays Randy on 'My Name is Earl'.

You can cheat and read the plot outline at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414993/ or you can take my word for it and just watch it, without knowing much about the story. It is so stunning to watch, I literally couldn't take my eyes off the screen for the entire movie.

According to someone else who watched the movie right before I did, Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett were supposed to star in the film, but they dropped out- according to Wikipedia, he is right http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fountain_%28film%29. It was originally supposed to be filmed in 2002 with a $70 million budget, but Brad Pitt bowed out after not liking the direction the script was headed and when Daren Aronofsky breathed life back into the project in 2005, it had half the budget. As a result, they had to really cobble together the graphics and visuals- but what they came up with is breathtaking.

I recommend this movie with a warning- it is sad. Please beware that you may actually shed a tear or two... or if you're like me surreptitiously bawl your eyes out as quietly as you can so no one else notices how much it affects you :) It has three story lines going on at once- if you read the wikipedia entry you already know that, I don't want to give away too much in case you will actually take my word and watch it, but if you won't, go read the summary- it is truly a 'smart' movie and I walked away from it feeling as though I had just seen an intimate view into a painful world.

I wish more movies were this well thought out, this thought provoking, this heart wrenching.
Well done.

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