The Gist: Three storylines, one in the past, one in the present, and one in the future, all feature a man on a quest to find eternal life, in some form or fashion. A woman and a tree also appear in each plot-line, and the three stories are more or less interconnected.
As you can see, it's rather complicated to sum up The Fountain. Darren Aronofsky is a director whose vision I have come to admire and be intrigued by fairly regularly. Here, he spins a tale that's both captivating and confusing, hence the midpoint grade.
Both Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz do a very good job, and the score, costumes, production design, and visual effects are all excellent.
The Bottom Line: I would recommend this movie only if you like Aronofsky's style, and even then, be prepared to be a bit confused.