Black Swan (Post Mortem)

9 Dec

It’s been a long time waiting in the wings, but Black Swan finally made it to theaters, and boy was it strange trip. Ever since the trailer dropped, we’ve been championing this film, despite being heavily focused on an art form we just don’t get (ballet), and took director Darren Aronofsky on his word that this was going to be a doozy. Here’s what we said back in September:

So, will it suck?

No. If you told me that there was a new movie about competing dancers who fight over the same man while vying for the top spot, and break off to have a steamy lesbian scene along the way, I would’ve said “No thanks; I’ve already seen Showgirls.” But despite Aronofsky’s disturbing fetish for Joe Eszterhas-Paul Verhoeven films, it’s the parallel lines of literal and figurative transformation that’s gripping here. We trust Aronofsky as a director, and were completely on-board when it was rumored he would be helming the Batman reboot. His dark style and psychological deftness have garnered him a well –earned reputation, and yes, while the movie may appear to be about the ballet, we expect Aronofsky’s delicate precision behind the camera to be the real dance here. Plus Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis kiss.

Yes, Aronofsky was on his game; yes, the movie was a little bit like Showgirls; and yes, Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman kissed (and a bit more than that) – but this movie was so much more. A modern tale of Gothic horror dimensions, the likes that would make Edgar Allen Poe proud. Portman as the Type-A personality perfectionist absolutely loses it, and we’ve never been so transfixed by a bunch of girls dancing. Part Heathers, which starred Winona Ryder (who has a bit-part here), and part Candyman, the modern horror story that had Virginia Madsen making us question what was real and what wasn’t, Black Swan knocked us down and drug us tingling into the messy part of show business that makes us realize how our favorite Hollywood starlets can have it all professionally, yet dip so low in their personal lives. We hate to say we told you so, but any sort of normalcy is absent here. So take it any way you want – as a psycho-sexula thriller, a campy horror romp, or a work of art that rivals the dance it’s based off of, either way you play it, it works and works well. Plus, Kunis and Portman kiss, which is one of the main reasons we went to see this in the first place.

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