Critical Analysis of Requiem for a Dream
In my analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s second feature film, Requiem for a Dream, I will draw attention to his wonderfully balanced use of camera shots accompanied with a powerful and captivating score. By focusing on these points I will delve further into the theme and development of the main characters with a particular emphasis to the final thirty minutes. The concluding half an hour of Requiem for a Dream are some of the most stomach twisting moments ever put to film. Inter-cutting each of the four characters individual downfalls in spectacular fashion, Aronofsky shifts back and forth from one grim scene to the next, each character’s life spiralling out of control as the montage progresses. Supplying the connective strand is Clint Mansell’s splendidly unnerving score, which unites their anguish into a melancholic symphony. The infamous orgy scene is shown in tandem with Burstyn’s electroshock therapy, Wayans is subjected to prison labour as the infection in Leto’s arm spreads. Each part is timed perfectly to deliver a lasting and harrowing moment for maximum effect, with each developing their own movement of Mansell’s score. As the pace of the cutting hastens, the score’s movements mesh together until, finally, all their woes have become the one. They all find themselves bound by some form of prison. Similar in theme to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream addresses a different perception of drug addiction, the effect of addiction in its various forms and what it can drive a person to do. Trainspotting also has a style of its own in depicting the lives of addicts, however I found Requiem beautifully illustrated the emptiness of life and the costs of failure to satisfy one’s aspirations. The editing and camera shots add an on the edge feeling, though the characters are typically found in center frame. This could signify the character’s self-indulgently putting themselves and their problems as...
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