Friday, December 31, 2010

Black Swan

Catching up on the classics is hard enough. Catching up on new releases is more of a challenge.

Ballet dancer Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is given the lead role in Swan Lake, but she finds herself competing against new ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) to keep the role.

I don't know why, but I kept thinking of Psycho as I was watching Black Swan. Not for the psychological thriller stuff, but more so for how similar Nina and Norman are. Both are a little on the mentally unhinged side and both have (ahem) "maternal issues". Once you think that over, it's true.

My God, Aronofsky. You are definitely making a name for yourself in Hollywood. Same goes to Portman. I think a lot of people will be pretty pissed off if she doesn't win the Oscar for her haunting work. Kunis shows really strong work as well (a far cry from That '70s Show and Family Guy, don't you think?). This didn't floor me as much as Requiem for a Dream did, but "oh my God" kept running through my mind. I have three words to describe the ending: out of nowhere. And I love it.

My Rating: *****


  1. You must know, Anna, that I agree with except for that I found it way better than Requiem. Happy New Year!

  2. I agree about Requiem. Loved Black Swan all the same, though. One of the best of the year. I did not however think the ending was "out of nowhere." I expected it because the film was, to me, an adaptation of Black Swan ABOUT Black Swan.

  3. a truly haunting film, beautifully performed.

  4. I actually liked this much more than REQUIEM. I loved the ending though. :) I think it fit the rest of the film perfectly (and I agree with snobbyfilmguy, even though I know nothing about Swan Lake).

  5. It's Aronofsky's and Portman's best. And that's really saying something.

  6. I think its just one time watch movie.I like the work of Aronofsky and Portman.I dnt like the end of the movie.I realized later thats its end of the movie.


Comments are appreciated. More so if they are appropriate.