Black Swan is directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as a devoted ballet dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after being cast as the lead in a production of "Swan Lake." So I feel like I have a pretty good handle on who Aronofsky is as a filmmaker at this point. He seemingly operates entirely on passion, cinematic artistry, and the pure insanity of the subconscious. Something that often leads you to wonder, "What in the actual hell did I just watched," but at the same time makes you feel like you just went through a masterful execution of the art of filmmaking. Is it a little pretentious and annoying at times? Well yeah, but it's Aronofsky and you take it or leave it, which in this case, I'll take it.
This film feels like a dream in many ways. You are constantly left to wonder what is reality and what isn't and it's all played out beautifully from the perspective of Natalie Portman's character Nina. She is the point if view from which you base your entire knowledge of this world on and sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't, but what it does do, is keep you entranced and engaged in narrative the whole way through. You're constantly searching for pieces and clues in these almost nightmarish scenarios and visions from our lead. Portman is brilliant here by the way and so deserving of that Best Actress award. Kunis, who always brings a certain level of charm, is great here as well, but is only really an inciting incident in a minor supporting role. Which was disappointing, because I expected a greater back and forth dynamic between the two, which really wasn't the case. It was more about Nina struggling with herself more than anything. .
The score here, which is very bombastic by nature, is good, but took me awhile to draw me in and make me believe it fit into this world. The dancing sequences are very well done and felt like a major part of the storytelling. The cinematography is among the best I've ever seen. It does go completely off the rails in the final sequence, making it feel like a "Mother" origin, but although twisted and self indulgent, it worked for me.
SCORE - 8.75/10
De niña soporté burlas, desprecios y demás en el colegio por el simple echo de ser como era, físicamente, mi ingenuidad, mis inquietudes y mi personalidad de no seguir las modas. Recuerdo cómo mi madre, cada vez que me veía llorar me consolaba y me decía, ¡Mi niña, tu brillarás como un cisne! Gracias a ella (y mi familia) superé mis inseguridades y me enorgullezco de ser quien soy, mi verdadero ser, mi esencia mas pura, la que me hace brillar, de ir a por todas aunque me de miedo, de vivir mis sueños, de tener las alas bien estendidas y volar todo lo alto que sé. Eso significa para mi este cisne negro, mi transformación, aceptación y amor hacia mi misma, mi yo interio, mi yo exterior .... 💗✨
As for #blackswan", I can only sympathize with @natalieportman , who had to act in scenes that can not even be called frank, because frank can not be ugly. I do not know how she lives with this. I could not.
Took a mate to opening night and got front row seats then realised ol mate @myfangrykitty was the Auslan interpreter then audience participation was requested for a handsome boy so volunteered @mo_surendran of course and suddenly you’re drinking with 2 of the stars from the phenomenal @blackswanstc #youknowwebelongtogether production ☺️ #starstruck#perth#perthonalities