When my buddies and I emerged from the cinema after seeing “Black Swan” last weekend, the first thing we did was head straight to the pub and get a pint to help slow down the adrenaline that was rushing through us and discuss the roller coaster ride that Mr. Aronofsky had just put us through.
Since the first mentions of Black Swan surfaced, it has been one of the most talked about films in recent memory. And for good reason too!Darren Aronofsky, the man nehind the camera for “The Wrestler” and “Requiem For A Dream” was to be at the helm of the project. Natalie Portman had been touted for months as being the leading candidate for the best female lead Oscar for her career performance as Nina Sayers, the protagonist of “Black Swan”. Ms. Portman and the insanely sexy Mila Kunis were to have a very steamy lesbian scene. And, almost strangest of all, people from both the mainstream movie world and the horror world were salivating at the supernatural aspects of the movie.
Now, as every other review will tell you, this film is incredible. The acting from Portman and Kunis is top notch, each playing their roles superbly (and not just in the hot as hell lesbian scene!). I almost feel its unfair that Portman is getting all the credit in reviews as Kunis is fantastic as the sultry, seductive and dangerous Lilly. However, if Portman doesn’t win the Oscar for best female lead, it will, justifiably, cause riots.
Vincent Cassell is perfectly sleazy and ambiguous as Thomas Leroy, the director of the ballet and Barbara Hershey is entirely believable and creepy as Nina’s troubled mother, Erica.
What surprised me most, and was my favorite aspect of “Black Swan, was definitely its supernatural aspects and the overall intensity of the second half of the film. I had no idea that the film would be so furious and frantic as it bulldozes it way to its finally and I sure as hell didn’t expect to jump out of my seat with fear as much as I did. Seriously, “Black Swan” is scarier than 50% of the horror movies I’ve seen in the last year!
Beautifully shot, incredibly furious and filled with Oscar worthy performances, “Black Swan” is a remarkable film that grabs the viewer by the throat and throttles them for it entire duration. Everyone I’ve spoken to said they have rarely been taken on such a ride as they were on seeing “Black Swan”. Believe the hype: “Black Swan” needs to be seen to be believed.