This is what we thought art was back in high school: a really heavy subject matter, expressed with total technocratic control. Granted, the technocracy of it is impossible to resist: this is one of the best shot/edited movies of its day. Parts are truly stomach-churning, for whatever that's worth. But the core is hysterically, pornographically thin. As for profound truth, it's no match for a good screwball comedy.
A marvel of technique undermined by that very same design. The drugged-up directing may put you in the mind of its characters, but on the other hand just feels overindulgent and is used to distract from a ho-hum and simplistic narrative. Furthermore, the climatic montage may be a brilliant work of editing technique, but like the rest of the film, it's not as heart-wrenching as it could be due to this superficiality.
That drug horor final moments are scary, sad, and disturbing. Now I understand why my parents always says: "Stay out from the drugs Tim, stay out from the drugs, or you will be fucked-up forever like uncle Jarkasi."
“It’s a reason to get up in the morning. It’s a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It’s a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. I like the way I feel. I like thinking about the red dress and the television. Now when I get the sun, I smile.” -Sara Goldfarb
There are no words to describe Ellen Burstyn's excellence in this movie. Aronofsky is a great director because as technically groundbreaking as he is, he never forgets how important good performances are.
didn't live up to all that hype people swamp it with. this is partially to blame. but all though it was kind of interesting. i didn't strike me as memorable. just another overdramatised drugs are bad mmmkaay movie.
Since I adore anti-drug/alcohol advertisements for their blatant manipulation, hysterical heavy handedness and eagerness to wallow in the very filth they condemn, this was like a dream come true for me. An exquisitely filmed after school special. ASS TO ASS! ASS TO ASS!