“Dancing With A Star”
Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” is a whole new level of crazy! But it earns my respect and admiration for what it dares to accomplish.
The visionary director of “Requiem For A Dream” and “The Wrestler” has now given us a psychological thriller set in the backstage world of ballet. More specifically, a production of “Swan Lake” in which the lead is literally transformed into her character.
Natalie Portman gives an undeniably powerful performance. She is a star who raises the bar considerably on her own career achievements with what she does in this film. But her character remains a blank canvas making it hard sometimes for us to connect emotionally. But visually we are connected, and stunned by what we’re seeing on the screen. Never sure if it’s meant to be reality, fantasy, hallucination or straight-up insanity.
A subtle “All About Eve”-style plot is filled with superb supporting performances from Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey both making strong comebacks here after being absent from the screen for awhile.
“Black Swan” is dark and creepy, but in a fun way. It’s the second film this year (after “Splice”) in which an actress sprouts bird legs! But, again, in a fun way!
so, if you want to know what the film is like, watch here