Originally Posted by playtetris
to me, the film relies far too heavily on shock value. the first time i watched it, i was left feeling drained/shocked. i thought it was amazing. the second time i watched it, i realised how trite and heavy-handed the emotional exploitation is; it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the head.
to me, the literary equivalent is 'brave new world'. ostensibly great, but lacks substance under the surface.
When you actually know that the double dong is coming, it isn't nearly as perturbing.
The acting is also nothing to write home about, outside of the brilliant performance put in by the mother character.
All in all, it is a good movie that I would recommend everyone see once, but I'm not sure it is going to have the staying power to be anything more than a cult classic.
It definitely doesn't stack up when comparing it to truly superb films, in every aspect, like No Country For Old Men
and There Will Be Blood
, for example.
I feel like The Wrestler
is Aronofsky's finest work that I have seen. Then again, I haven't checked out his entire catalog to date... just most of it.