Review Date: November 15, 2006
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky
Producers: Arnon Milchan, Iain Smith, Eric Watson
Hugh Jackman as Tom
Rachel Weisz as Izzi
Ellen Burstyn as Lilian
The film’s final 20 minutes or so feature some of the most stunning visuals that I have seen on the big screen in quite some time. I literally felt transported into this other world drenched in imagination, depth of purpose and a consciousness that was no longer just human. I really can’t wait to see this movie again, since unlike many films that have been churned out of Hollywood over the past few years, it actually tries something highly ambitious and on top of that, succeeds on almost every level. You gotta respect a filmmaker who is able to spend so much time on a project (it took Aronofsky about six years to complete this film) and ultimately deliver a result that should satisfy most anyone looking for an alternative in today’s movie marketplace. The film can easily be seen as a meditation on life itself, or better yet, an examination of what constitutes “true love” within the confines of our human lives on planet Earth, while at the same time, carrying with it three intertwining stories featuring developed characters who are obviously connected, driven and engaging to follow.
Is the film esoteric? Absolutely! I’m not gonna recommend that my “popcorn loving” parents check it out anytime soon, or that my 14-year old cousin who enjoys the Playstation drop coin on opening day, but if grappling with deeper life issues is part of your own constitution, if love in all of its facets, including fictionalized science, tickle your human curiosity and if you’re a massive fan of plush visuals, rousing musical scores and deep connections between two human beings, this film should be at the top of your list of “movies to see” this year, and certainly one to eventually purchase on dvd, so that you could buy some weed from your neighbor, shut the lights in your living room, slap a bag of Doritos next to you for “later” and allow yourself to be transported into a beautiful world created by the man who dares to shoot for the stars himself: Darren Aronofsky. And how cool is it that he actually met his future wife on the set of this timeless love story? (actress Rachel Weisz) Kudos, sir…major kudos.