Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Curious Case of Darren Aronofsky

What to make of a director like Darren Aronofsky? He first came to prominence with the techno-thriller of sorts Pi and then did a stylistic 180 with Requiem for a Dream. Just two years ago we got the arthouse science fiction of The Fountain (featuring the best work Hugh Jackman has ever done, by the way) and now? Well... ummm... er... I'm confused.

Apparently he has a movie screening at the Venice Film Festival soon called The Wrestler starring - wait for this cast - Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. It's a movie with, seemingly, the exact same plot as Rocky Balboa, just with wrestling instead of boxing. Also with this film he has seperated from regular collaborators Clint Mansell (music) and Matthew Libatique (cinematography) and , oh no, there's not even a role for Ellen Burstyn! Colour me confused.

However, the news of The Wrestler came as much more of a surprise to me than word that he has been hired to direct the latest sequel to, of all movies, Robocop. Has the haze around Christopher Nolan's Batman reboot made people forget that Aronofsky was originally supposed to be making Batman: Year One, a far more radical upheaval of the franchise, apparently, that never came to pass.

I wonder what other weird (and wonderful) things Darren will get up to. He really is one of the most fascinating directors out there.


Catherine said...

I was reading The Guardian at breakfast this morning and they had a tiny article on the festival. I laughed so hard when they mentioned The Wrestler (even though they failed to mention that Aronofsky is at the helm), because their plot synopsis said:

He plays an over-the-hill professional wrestler called Randy "The Ram" Robinson who takes a job in a deli after being told he could die if he wrestles again.

A deli!?!

Runs Like A Gay said...

Ooh, pastrami slicing scenes. Sign me up.

Yih said...

and don't forget the fighter starring pitt and wahlberg. aranofsky might be one of the more underrated directors out there. if only guys like him get as much coverage as shyyamalan.

David S. said...

I was wondering about this, too. Ah well. I always love when auteurs take on Hollywood-type genres, à la Spike Lee with Inside Man. It usually results in solid film making that's worth the money.