The Fountain

Sad and weird

MAYBE

Release date: November 22, 2006
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: Fans of Terrence Malick and Darren Aronofsky. People who need help processing grief 

When should you watch this movie: Either when you are emotionally stable enough to handle the pain, or sad enough for this movie to match your mood perfectly 

The sell: This movie is hard to recommend because of how sad it is. It is also hard to recommend because of how weird it is. In classic Aronofsky fashion, this movie is less about narrative and more about sentiment. There is a message that the script alludes to, but the entire 1.5 hours is spent dancing around it with fancy metaphors and navel-gazey sequences. It is effective at getting you to feel something but not as successful at telling a story. That being said, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are so talented that they almost pull it off. They are not relatable characters but their love for one another and the pain of their loss is so intensely palpable, it’s impossible not to feel for them. The special effects of this movie are beautiful, major kudos to the lighting designers, and extra thanks to Rachel Weisz’s face.

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