Black Swan. So I think everyone is familiar with the movie by now. Natalie Portman stars in Darren Aronofsky's mind screw. A dark movie that explores one woman's battle with her inner demons. The film, Aronofsky and Portman have all been nominated for Academy Awards. The film co-stars Mila Kunis as Portman's alternate to the ballet. Barbara Hershey plays Portman's mother, and Vincent Cassel plays Portman's instructor. There is also a small, but impressive role starring Winona Ryder.
Portman is a hands down favorite for Best Actress; but I just don't see why anything else was nominated for this film. You all may be surprised by this review. Let's begin.
What I liked about the film:
Clint Mansell's score is the reason the movie could even be considered a thriller. The music carries every scene, particularly those where Portman is acting alone. She can act like no other with her eyes, no dialogue at all. Mansell's score does the talking for her. It's heart pounding, edge of your seat suspense that is second to none. Great job!
Wow, I did NOT see this one coming. Barbara Hershey plays Portman's mother in the film. At the beginning of the film, we see her as an overbearing, controlling monster. But as Portman makes her decent into evil, she appears to be protecting Portman from herself. There is a lot of stuff I want to mention, but it will spoil the film, if interested, leave a comment.
What I didn't like about the film:
There will always be bad movies with amazing performances, this will be one of them. I honestly have no clue how it was nominated for as many Oscars as it was. I guess all I can say is; The Tourist was nominated for multiple Golden Globes this year. Um, yeah, no more explanation is needed. I know I'm going to get a lot of crap for this review, but I don't care. It's my opinion and your on my blog, so you obviously are interested. Secondly, it's art, and everyone reads art differently. I'm just trying to figure out how paintings by 5 year old kids are considered art... to me, Black Swan is the same equivalent.