Requiem for a Dream

The Top 63 Marathon, part 4

Title: Requiem for a Dream
Year: 2000
Length: 102 minutes
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Hubert Selby Jr. & Darren Aronofsky, based on the book by Selby
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
Music: Clint Mansell
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Actress (Burstyn); currently #60 on the IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: three junkies and one of their mothers have a really bad time
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Terrible. Guess what, kids? Drugs are bad for you!
Story: Bad. It’s really unpleasant to watch unfold, but also you pretty much know everything that will happen from the start of the movie.
Characters: Bad. They’re pretty well developed/realized, but they’re also universally unsympathetic.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Bad. It’s frantically paced, and yet it also bored me. Kind of impressive.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad). If you like feeling awful, this is the movie to watch. It’s exceptionally well made, but unfortunately in this case that means it’s all that much more horrible to watch.
Objective Rating: 2.3/4 (Okay).


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