Requiem For A Dream is the second film by the Director Darren Aronofsky, who is probably most well know for Black Swan, which is one of my favourite films. Whilst I was in Berlin, I attended a Q&A with this Director and decided I wanted to watch all of his previous work, and this film became very highly recommended by the people I was with at the time.
I watched this film with no idea what it was about, all I knew was that it stared Jared Leto from the multiple GIF’s on Tumblr. I will first off state that this film is not for the fainthearted. I believe that I can deal with violence and pain in films relatively well, until I saw this film. But don’t let that fool you, it is one of the post powerful, beautiful, challenging and disturbing films I have ever watched. I don’t want to summarize the plot for you all because I believe the best way to view this film is as I did, not really knowing anything about it. Aronofsky doesn’t like to make films that will cheer you up on a dull day, he is a challenging Director and likes to see how far he can push the boundaries, and he timed it just right. If this film pushed even further, it may have turned out unwatchable.
Now one thing I will say, as it’s something that I always admire and take interest in, is that the film is beautifully edited. One of the best works of editing I have seen for a while, it’s split screens with contrasting yet similar characters works amazingly and the repeated fast cuts of the same sequence of shots throughout the film emphasize the tediousness of their everyday lives.
Anyhow, those are just a few opinions of the film I wanted to get down straight after watching. I hope this intrigues you too see the film, and if you have already seen it I would like to hear if you shared the same views, or if you got something completely different! (I imagine the film being a bit like Marmite)