I recently saw this movie...and it is one of the best films I have probably ever seen. It is also the most disturbing and most uncomfortable movie I have had to sit through. The "Saw" movies and "Saving Private Ryan" don't even compare. Those movies are about physical violence, but nothing is more disturbing to me than psychological violence. The way the psychological terror of all of the characters go through in the film and where they ultimately end up is what makes "Requiem for a Dream" so disturbing. I'm also glad that Aronofsky evaded the "Hollywood Ending" here, and went for a unique and realistic one, and didn't dumb it down a bit. The musical score of the film is also one of the best parts of the film.
I also want to add that Ellen Burstyn was fucking snubbed of that Oscar. Her performance was masterful and devastating, and I don't think I've seen a performance like that on film...ever...from what I can recall. Here's the scene that stands out the most. If you notice during the scene, the camera is kind of off a bit when focusing on Burstyn. If you listen to the commentary track on the DVD, the person who was shooting Burstyn couldn't keep the camera on her correctly because he had fogged up the lens to look through because he was so moved by her performance.
At 6/14/10 01:03 AM, bgraybr wrote:
I just read the WIkipedia entry for the movie and it sounds extremely depressing.
It's thatand more.
At 6/14/10 12:52 AM, kikomannnn wrote:
It's one giant miserable clusterfuck where nothing is resolved.
That is the film's intention (to be a clusterfuck), and the fact that nothing is resolved .
Nothing is gained from viewing it.
HIGHLY disagreed. It will make you think twice about doing something bad that is habit or addiction forming.
It really is a movie you see one time just to say you saw it, people hype it up way too much.
It may be a movie that some people only see once because there is no replay value, because it is so disturbing. But the replay value to me is so high, because it serves as a reminder. I believe it is worthy of all of the hype it has received.
I agree with Hemlock when he says the ending is very powerful. If you notice, all 4 characters at the end of the film assume a fetal position in their final shots of reality.
At 6/14/10 10:44 AM, WaterShake wrote:
Hmm, I don't think i've ever heard anyone say that they "loved" RFD before. I dunno, just seems somewhat inappropriate for such a heartbreaking film.
I loved it, because it was one of most unique and defining cinematic experiences I have ever had. That and all of the elements in the film are perfectly placed, even though it is a clusterfuck (once again, that is the point).
If your looking for more films that deal with drug addiction then I think you'll be disappointed. I think RFD has been the best portrayal to date.
And it probably will be for a very long time.