Directed By, Darren Aronofsky
Before Black Swan and The Wrestler there was Requiem For A Dream. Based heavily off of Hubert Selby Jr.’s book (of the same name), Requiem For A Dream revolves around the lives of three, 20-something year olds. Jared Leto plays the feisty Harry Goldfarb, Jennifer Connelly plays Harry’s girlfriend Marian Silver, Tyrone C. Love is played by Marlon Wayans, and for her as Sara Goldfarb, Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn.
Our story begins with Harry carting off his mothers TV set so that he can sell it off at a pawn shop in Brooklyn. It becomes blatantly apparent that this is a reoccurring issue for Sara. Eventually Sara takes a clue and chains the TV to the radiator in her apartment. This sets Harry off into the tantrum of his life, causing his mother to lock herself in the closet.
Sick and tired of being poor, Harry and his friend Tyrone C. Love plan a way of getting themselves out of rags and into riches…Heroine. Harry is already addicted to heroine at the start of the movie. As the boys score their first supply, they see just how quickly their lives begin to turn around. As they continuously score more drugs they are tempted to “taste” it for themselves. Eventually, they can’t get the supply they need to both sell and for their own use, causing them to become highly irritable, and incredibly emotional from traumatic stress.
Meanwhile, Harry’s mother Sara, is crazy about her tv, constantly watching infomercials. One day Sara is called by a tv game show requesting that she become a contestant on their show. After the conversation Sara becomes obsessive over how she looks, and wants nothing else but to fit into her old red dress that her late husband Seymour loved. At first she tries several diets but she just can’t get over the hunger pains. Eventually she heads to the doctor and is prescribed a form speed as a dietary supplement. Noticing how quickly she sheds the pounds, Sara decides to take an extra few pills here and there to “speed up the process” (no pun intended)
I don’t advocate spoilers, but I can tell you that there is absolutely NO happy ending in this film. It’s my honest opinion that every young person watch this film because it puts things into a brutal perspective. Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream is artsy, and completely brilliant. I can guarantee you that this will be one of the most depressing films you’ll ever see BUT you’ll have a new found appreciation for the director and the cast - ESPECIALLY, Ellen Burstyn. Requiem For A Dream is a film about a harsh reality, that is cruel, and won’t let you leave. For being one of the most disturbing films I’ve ever seen, but for being the most genuine story I’ve ever read and watched on film, I’m giving Requiem For A Dream 5/5. Masterpiece