I caught up with this over the weekend. Pretty much everything to say about the film has already been said...the script is the weak link, but Aronofsky (who I have never been a big fan of) really carries the film to a deeper level that I think it deserves to mine. Rourke is incredible, and I think he should get more credit than just mining his own problems. While the character does eerily reflect his own life, he also comes out with an individual, three-dimensional character of his own. Tomei is just as wonderful, giving one of the most authentic and heart-felt performances of the year. I love that she got an Oscar nod for this, not only because she is one of the most deserving nominees but because she never has an "Oscar scene."
In all, though, except for Springsteen's snub (what a great use of that wonderful song), the Academy got this right. The film is Tomei and Rourke, and they carry what could be a forgettable film into a wonderful character study.
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