Stock characters acted well do not save a film. It's a dreary story, and Aronosky's decision to use a documentary style really did not play into that. We get about three moments of life in this film, otherwise, the story is stock, the characters stock (seriously, do we really need another stripper with a kid and a heart of gold?), the telling keeps it there.
I have a confession, a deep dark dirty that just might kill all future reviews from me regarding a certain setting: I don’t like the desert. I don’t like the way it shoots, I don’t like the expansiveness… read review
Ironically, I review this after reviewing The Wrestler. What does this movie do right, as it’s still plagued with a story that’s a conventional melodrama? Characters go beyond type, the pacing is dead… read review