Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer/s: Hubert Selby Jr., Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, and more.
Requested by an unknown requestor
I was asked via email to tackle an Aronofsky work. Which, if you know of his films, you know are a trip in the lightest of explanations. I had heard of “Requiem for a Dream” prior to the request and viewing. I knew it was going to be a ride, but, uh… Yeah, I still was not prepared enough. Let us just get to it already.
“The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.”
I am honestly at a loss for words. I am typing this review up not ten minutes after I have finished my viewing. This movie’s genre should be “nightmare”, and that is quite possibly the best way for me to review this. An absolute f*&%ing nightmare.
The performances are perfect. I do not think I could critique them if I tried. Personally, I think Ellen Burstyn is flawless. Her performance is chilling, terrifying, and absolutely devastating.
Leto, Connelly, and Wayans are superb. All four are boiled down to devastating perfection.
Again, what is there for me to critique? “Oh, they didn’t do ass to ass right.” “Oh, they injected a needle wrong.” “Oh, it was shot wrong.” Like, what the f*&%? One of the most devastating and depressing films I have seen, yet it was absolutely perfect. It most definitely left a mark on my brain, and it will never leave.
Editor: Erica McNatt
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