Traveler Edition – Black Swan
Details: Stache rented for the iPad, viewed during the MCI -> LAS leg, neither had seen.
I love Darren Aronofsky flicks. Always very meticulously put together. Always complex. And always dark. All of his films are about obsession (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) and this stays in that realm.
Natalie Portman’s character Nina is obsessed with being the lead in the ballet. And being perfect. And with the new girl trying to take her job. And her director. And what her mom thinks about her. So … there’s a lot going on. All of this obsession leads to paranoia. Which leads to mania.
All along the way Aronofsky dials up the visual and audio tricks to intensify each scene. It starts with a little whisper here and there. And leads up to full on visions of alternate selves. Each scene changes our ideas on who, or what, is causing Portman’s character to slowly dive into madness.
So yeah, I’m a dude, and this is still a ballet flick. But I’m ok with that. It’s freaky, it’s really well crafted and there’s a hot lesbian scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis (which created another awkward moment for our fellow flight passengers). Another great job on makeup throughout the flick as well.
A solid addition to the Aronofsky library.
Stache’s Take: Dave Wanndstedt Stache***
I love movies with a psychological twist. Blood and gore, meh… that’s easy. But it takes really good writing and imagination to come up with something that will keep me thinking about it well after the initial watch. Watching this movie on a place was not the best… very few places for me to turn away after watching her imagine she’s ripping her skin open. I loved the dark and mystique to this movie. And in my opinion… (the end wasn’t an ending, shhhhh….).
Natalie Portman plays a girl with issues. Although now when I see her I just want to yell… “what you want Nat-a-lee!?” She’s a great actress. Easy on the eyes. Believable in any storyline. What else could you want from an actress? Oh, what’s that? To make out with another hot actress like Mila Kunis? Check. This flick has that. So basically it’s the perfect storyline.
I’m full of spoilers, so I’ll just cut to the moral of the story as I perceived from the story: Do drugs, have a hot lesbian dirty dream, life is transformed. If it worked for Natalie, it could work for you.
Boom. There it is.
Stiletto’s Take: ***** Five bloody ballet slippers
Guy/Girl Average Rating: ****