PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE WRESTLER and now BLACK SWAN, Darren Aronofsky continues to impress and his latest film deserves your attention. BLACK SWAN follows the life of Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer whose dream is to be the SWAN QUEEN and prove to her dance coach Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) that she’s the perfect candidate. Along the way to achieve her dream Nina battles the hatred of her fellow dancers, the last Swan Queen Beth (played by Winona Ryder), and the new dancer Lily (played by Mila Kunis). Nothing will stop Nina from achieving absolute perfection, except for herself. Constantly being berated by her coach, coddled by her mother, and fearing the free spirited nature of Lily causes Nina to lose her grasp with reality. Aronofsky uses visual elements to portray the angst going through Nina’s mind, while she breaks down the walls of her insecurity.
With most Darren Aronofsky films, your heart breaks for the characters and you can feel nothing but empathetic for them. In Requiem for a Dream, the struggle the mother goes through to be in her son’s life and improve on her own, makes you question how much time you give to your own family. In The Wrestler and Black Swan, both characters are struggling to make other people believe that they are still worth the time and validate the career choices that they have made. What person hasn’t questioned if it’s time for a change in their lives.
PLAN AND SIMPLE.
A mental meltdown does not even come close to explain what happens to Nina. She metaphorically has a rag tag band of Marines napalm her mind like an attack on the Viet-Cong, while an air fleet prepares to drop the A-Bomb Hiroshima style (two different wars I know). While her dance coach methodically chips away at her insecurities, she suddenly starts to lose her connection to fantasy and reality. Darren Aronofsky does an amazing job in drawing true emotion out of his actors, and making NY a character as well by adding elements that remind you of the solidarity associated with being a New Yorker.
Take my word this is not a chick flick. Aronofsky could have cast James Franco as the lead, and Jake Gyllenhal as his rival, and called it NUTCRACKER NOIRE…and it would still have been an amazing movie. The subject matter is just that good. So, if you’re seriously looking for a great movie to watch before the end of the year, skip BURLESQUE and go see BLACK SWAN.
If you haven’t seen No Strings Attached yet, and it is no longer playing in a theater near you. Hollywood has blessed us with another movie with a similar plot, and an even lazier title, Friends with Benefits starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. The only difference being both parties are coming out of a relationship and are legitimate friends. Enjoy this helpful trailer.
Theatrical Release July 13th
Red Band trailers just for you, with Mark Wahlberg smoking kush.
Movie = OZ: The Great and Powerful
Release = March 8th 2013
I’d probably be more interested if the movie wasn’t in 3D. The Wizard of OZ is a classic film, and there is a bunch of young kids that haven’t been exposed to it. So, if this prequel ends up doing a great job maybe this will be something that this generation of youngsters can pass down to their kids. Unlike the Alice in Wonderland remake.