Let’s go back nineteen whole years to another Darren Aronofsky masterpiece that marked my teenage years and defined the way I look at the addictions of any kind.
The 2000 drama “Requiem for a Dream” is, by all means, a cruel way to start the new year –Happy New Year, by the way, everybody. But, if you look at it from another perspective, then it is also a good way to start 2019 –with a great film. “Requiem for a dream” is based on Hubert Selby Jr’s novel of the same name, which is equally good as the film. If you have watched any of Darren Aronofsky’s films, you should already know that this one will also be a great adventure into his world. In this one, Aronofsky worked alongside with Selby to write the screenplay, hence the great outcome you are about to witness.
The film explores the different kinds of addiction people can go through, showing you the ugly and terrible truth there is behind each one of them. A retired widow named Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn, “The Exorcist,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore“) spends most of her time watching TV and becomes addictive to a particular show. Harry (Jared Leto, “Suicide Squad,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Blade Runner 2049“), her son, is a junkie and drags along in his drug world his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly, “A Beautiful Mind,” “Noah,” “Blood Diamond“). All of these three individuals have different dreams despite their addictions. But, how will their bad habits define their lives in the end?
Although it is a pretty “old” film, it has nothing to fear from the rest of the beautiful films out there. However, the movie wants you to focus more on its narrative and the meaning behind everything than on its technical perfections or imperfections. Being a teenager back in 2007 when I first watched it, it made me look at all kinds of drug addiction from the ugliest perspective of all –which is also the reality behind every addiction there is in our world.
For me, this film is the best way to explain to a child what a drug can do to them and the only way to prevent them from ever thinking of even smoking a “harmless” cigarette. On top of that, it also explores the hard thoughts a mind of an obese person goes through every time they have to prevent themselves from eating. Apart from the cruelty of the drug world, the movie is exploring and the hidden meaning behind it, it is also beautifully written and presented to the audience. The actors are on point with their performances managing to make you love them and feel bad for them or even sympathize with them.
Check out “Requiem for a Dream” and start the year with a magnificent movie, if you have not watched it yet.
I will be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.
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