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J-Law and directing: good. The script not so much
After seeing Joy, I came out happier than I thought I would, as I was prepared for total disappointment by early reviews I have read. However, J-Law was completely on point, as it still seems no one can bring a performance from her as David can. I also found the directing of the movie very interesting, which has the trademark of David O' Russel, as you can see in Silver Linings Playbook or American Hustler. For me the setbacks arise from the script, which comes off as weak, as you don't really understand what is the message David is trying to convey. I believe that in his attempt to have several stories of brave women it resulted in a movie somewhat confusing and you cannot help feeling that the end result is very flat. Nonetheless, as I said, Jennifer is great and I hope see her at some awards, but I am not sure if the movie is good enough to carry her to the Oscars.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
One of the most dangerous movies indeed
This movie was considerer by Premiere as one of the 25 most dangerous movies, and i really feel like it is. Darren Aronofsky gives us a amazing movie about drugs, how it changes our lives, by showing how time can go faster or slower with the more than 2000 cuts that make us always be on the edge. It also reveals the dark side of the human condition who prefers a drug induced utopia than to do something meaningful to change their lives. It shows dramatically the pain of the characters and their endless search for something that at the end they always knew they wouldn't be able to achieve. The futility of current society is showed on the shallow goals of the characters who prefer a tragic ending than to choose different things for their lives.
Although all the performances are very good, there's no shadow of a doubt that Ellen Burstyn gives a performance of a life as Sara Goldfarb, we feel her pain, we understand her needs, we feel her desire...Ellen makes totally drawn to a character who gets what she wants and no one deserves. And i believe everyone's heart gets broken when we see when she finally got in the red dress and that's the only thing that she now has in her live, a red dress who fits
A great movie that i highly recommend