Requiem for a Dream is one of the most interesting films I have seen in my life and I would recommend everyone to watch once.
But saying that I doubt it is a film that I will want to watch many more times in the future, just knowing the way you feel at the end of the film. I had so many thoughts swirling round my head but just could not express myself properly and explain to anyone else why this film was good. It is definitely one of the most devastating and beautiful experiences I have had watching a film, this might sound crazy when you read the plot of the film but pretty much everyone that has seen it agrees but why?
The four main characters are all driven to crazy lengths by their drug addiction as we see their lives spiralling out of control and getting worse. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly have good on screen chemistry as do all the characters with Leto. Marlon Wayans showed himself to be a very talented actor which makes you wonder why he didn’t go down this route more. But the star of the show was Ellen Burstyn who definitely should have won an Oscar for her performance as it was simply put, flawless. If you have an open mind going into this film you will connect with the characters in some way and as you witness their destruction you realise how punishing and unforgettable this film is.
Director, Darren Aronofsky, does a fantastic job in his depiction of people losing control and how their lives spiral downwards. But it is the final few scenes that really show his abilities and the ending had such an effect on me that I did not stop thinking about it for days. The pacing at the end took my breath away and was a feeling that I had never experienced before or since. It is so intense and hard to watch but you just cannot look away for a second and it will leave chills down your spine.
Requiem for a Dream is a rare piece of work that you feel compelled to tell someone about despite it being one of the most painful films. To me it just posed so many questions and makes you appreciate the little things in life and also see addiction in a completely different light. This is certainly one of the most powerful films ever and it is such a shame that more people haven’t seen it.
There will be people that do not enjoy the film and hate it and that is completely understandable and I feel that it falls into one of two categories, it will either be a 1 out of 10 or a 10 out of 10. But if you ever do watch the film go into it with an open mind and just watch the stories of the characters and you will probably really enjoy it.
10 out of 10.