Saturday, April 28, 2007

on the fountain and metaphysical trips (into overtime)

I tried to watch this while answering emails, which made it truly difficult to watch. Aside from the metaphysical eklavu meanderings, there were moments of fine acting, visuals that had you traversing the middle of a nebula, and a whole lot of mumbo-jumbo. Hugh Jackman plays conquistador to Rachel Weisz's queen (Izzi-bella haha), (mad) scientist searching for a cure for his wife's (Weisz again) cancer, and then he becomes a bald astronaut zipping around in space.

Ahh, Darren Aronofsky. I think I see what you wanted to do. It's an ambitious project, and you succeeded in some level, although the edges could have been tied more securely, and some of the mythos handled more succinctly. It is a treatise about death, and time, and savoring the moment, and inevitability.

Comparisons have been made to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Monolith vs. Tree of Life, eh?

More arthouse than mainstream, The Fountain is a visual feast that is a little hard to digest, and then, somewhere around the hour-mark, becomes quite tiring, even the beautiful non-CGI imagery (which were apparently macro views of items like bacteria culture). Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz (so lovingly lit by her director-domestic partner), and Ellen Burstyn were quite wonderful. Aw, you got me, I'm just really a sucker for some good Wolverine lovin'.


The SO's grandmother died last Thursday.


Have to work today! Wow. First time I've had to work on a weekend since starting at production support. Of course, we were no strangers to it during the development phase. What sucks is that I was only dragged included in the project, er, YESTERDAY. Just in time for the overtime today. Oh well. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I just have to be done by around two. Oh, and will take a break at 10am to meet up with y-slaybelle.


On a much livelier note: Bespren M arrives tonight!

1 comment:

Sunshine said...

my condolences to your SO.

as to your comment about being dragged errr included in a project, i can so relate :) happened to me lately. akala ko project lang biglang permanent na. ngeh! pero at least i'm in a happier place. hehe