Sunday, February 7, 2010

#44 Requiem For A Dream - Which was what exactly?

2000. dir. Darren Aronofsky, starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans.

Seen it before? No.

Req⋅ui⋅em  [rek-wee-uhm, ree-kwee-, rey-] Show IPA
1. Roman Catholic Church.
a. Also called Requiem Mass. the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead.
b. a celebration of this Mass.
c. a plainsong setting for this Mass.
2. any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the repose of the dead.

I believe the only word to describe my state at the end of this film is disturbed. The four main characters in the movie are all trying to achieve some sort of dream and coincidentally all have to deal with the effects of addiction to drugs. Frankly I thought the movie was well done. There were a few things I hated:
- the perpetual "3-second" drug montage...there were so many it was SO overkill
- Marion at the end of the movie...degrading doesn't even cover it though my research on the film says nothing about whether Connelly did this herself or if there was a body double...I'm thinking the former, hence no'd be able to read about a body double...In 2009 Matt Mueller of claimed "Her climactic humiliation is one of the grimmest movie sequences of the last 30 years."
- Not ever hearing the third thing that Tappy said was essential for JUICE...which apparently was "no orgasms"
- the doctors in this movie were absolutely horrid...the one treating Ellen Burstyn for her desired weight loss told her he could fix it but didn't tell her any effects; Jared Leto's doctor sent him to prison instead of trying to fix his arm; ECT therapy on EB's character when she wouldn't eat with seemingly no anesthesia...ARGH!

I think CNN had the best review of the movie. Sam thought that this would be a great scare tactic for DARE students...I find it funny that he and I shared sentiments pretty much exactly like a comment I saw on AVClub about this movie by kiddo80
21 JAN. 2010:
"I remember saying right after I saw this that they should replace the DARE program with this film, show it to 12yr olds, scare the ever living shit out of them. "It's all fun and games at first, kids!" Of course I'm sure many schools would be sued for emotional distress afterwards...since I was 20yrs old and felt like suing Darren Aronofsky (sp?) for emotional distress."
Parents would absolutely sue schools for emotional would never be allowed to be played. I think even private schools would have issue with this movie.

Would I see it again? Going to go with the majority on this one and say, NO
Would I own it? The thought of having it in the house and showing it to Daniel and future Bell children is something I will NEVER fact, Daniel isn't allowed to watch this movie until he's out of the house!

1 comment:

  1. I liked this movie and agree totally on the using montage. Had no idea this was on the list, interesting.