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Old January 25th 11, 13:41   #2
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Re: 2010 movies (non-sci-fi)

Black Swan

Plot Summary
Theme of the ballet of the same name is translated cinematically into a psychological thriller about a ballerina whose obsession with her craft and emotional isolationism transforms into paranoia and self-destruction.

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis; dir. Aranofksy

The good
Aranofsky also made Pi and Requiem For a Dream and The Wrestler, so his movies have weirdness and artsiness but are generally really cool to watch. In that sense there is that here- wacky editing, intense close-ups, particularly the whole descent into madness thing which involves some pretty cool fx in this case.

The bad
This flick felt to me like a film school art project that happened to be made by pros. It's ARTY and about ART. All of the expected beats story-wise were hit, which made it feel clunky and silly to me. You should know the story of the ballet going in (even though they state it) and you would enjoy more if you care, which I don't.
Lust and passion are supposed to be key elements of what drives Portman's character to the brink, but the way it's portrayed is so cheesy and safe and not sexy at all (and no I'm not talking about how much skin isn't shown) that it was unintentionally comical.

Didn't care for it very much.
In the Wrestler, Aranofsky used his advanced film-making skills to support the depiction of characters, which is why I loved it. Here, he's using characters as props to support a visual art project, which bores me.
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