The director’s filmography is filled with people that just can’t let something go.
Darren Aronofsky is a filmmaker so accomplished that even his lesser-reviewed works (The Fountain and Noah) outclass most directors’ best. The ambition and scope of his films often tends towards the intensification of human desire to such extremes that it can become surreal. With early mother! reviews in, it doesn’t seem like he’s changing pace any time soon.
Pain of loss, fear of failure, and the existential crisis of not understanding the chaotic world around them are the main foci of his protagonists. His work reflects their suffering and tackles it in a stylistically similar way.
Editor Julian Palmer collects and examines Aronofsky’s films through their fascination with the obsessive side of humanity. His theory that this trait is semi-autobiographical appeals to me when considering the director, who has worked to reinvent himself while doubling down on the things he loves to portray and explore in film.