Thanks to a couple new early screenings and the Venice International Film Festival, a boatload of new peeps have recently witnessed Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain.
The Fountain Reviews
Both Variety and THR have posted their reviews on The Fountain and both seem very unhappy with it. Hell, one even agrees with the boos over at Venice. What?!
I have looked around the net for further reviews and, fortunately, most don't agree with either of these two assessments.
Backburnered four years ago after original star Brad Pitt pulled out, then long in the making, "The Fountain," third feature by one-time wunderkind Darren Aronofsky ("Pi," "Requiem for a Dream"), made more of a splatter than a splash on Venice's Lido with its world premiere. Greeted by booing at its first press unspooling, pic's hippy trippy space odyssey-meets-contempo-weepy-meets-conquistador caper starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz suffers from a turgid script and bears all the signs of edit-suite triage to produce a still-incoherent 95 minutes. A gush of negative word of mouth will keep B.O. figures at a trickle.
It has big names in Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn; fantastical sets featuring Mayan warriors, the tree of life and a bubble space ship that travels amid the stars; and a frame of reference that draws from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There's a biblical puzzle that needs deciphering, so if Warner Bros. Pictures in the U.S. and 20th Century Fox internationally can somehow tie a "Da Vinci Code" reference into their marketing, they might snag a quick boxoffice return. Otherwise, "Zardoz" anyone?
Check out both full reviews for The Fountain by clicking on the bold links above. Hopefully we will put up some more positive reviews the next time around.