The Fountain

On our anniversary, we went to the theater and watched The Fountain. It is not often we get a chance to watch a movie in the theater, so that was fun.

Was it an appropriate movie for celebrating our anniversary? Yes and no. The Fountain is about love, death, and eternal life. It has three parallel stories situated 500 years apart. The plot is about trying to escape death and find eternal life and then finally embracing death as being a sort of eternal life.

I liked it very much, though Amber was a bit depressed and didn’t think it an appropriate choice for the occasion. I rate it 8/10.

By Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer


  1. Happy anniversary!

    “The Fountain’s” three storylines gushed forth, saturating the senses and minds of the audience. It bubbled and burbled with symbolism. Having dissolved multiple themes in his cinematic solute, the director proceeded to rain images upon the viewer. Scattered by his choice of a stream-of-consciousness narrative style, droplets of ideas trickled and then flowed into a mercurial pool mixing ideas from Christianity, Mayan mysticism and 20th Century popular culture. Consequently, lasting meaning never precipitated from the director’s visual geyser for me. I support the director’s general conclusion, but the background for the 26th Century seems akin to puddles in a pot-holed parking lot. Why, for example, did our near immortal protagonist think that flying the Tree of Life into a dying star was a good idea? Having been sprayed by The Fountain, I found the experience more wet than refreshing; I give it a 6 to 7 out of 10.

  2. Captain_Arrrgh: Thanks.

    The 26th century guy was probably a bit difficult to understand. I see him as the culmination of the idea that in a way death has meaning and is a destination.

    Wayfarer: Done.

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