A beautiful film-absolutely beautiful.
Please, if you watch this, you must approach it with an open mind and look at it as a work of art, for like any other work of art, it leaves you with plenty of opportunity to interpret it in a variety of ways and requires more than a little mental interaction. Rarely have I seen a film where the visual consistency and mindfulness of aesthetics so prominently played a role in the unfolding of the story.
Be warned, however. This is not a movie to sit down with a bag of popcorn and have a good time. This is an artistic statement worthy of study and contemplation. I have a great deal of trouble envisioning someone in the hopes of simple escapism sitting through The Fountain because it really is fairly demanding. But I hope you’ll believe me when I say it is most rewarding if you commit to letting it unfold without judgment. Let it finish before you make up your mind. Like most anything of value, it must be reflected upon as a unified whole, and trust me, you’ll find yourself thinking about it long after the initial viewing.