Is Black Swan one of the best movies of the year, as so many critics seem to be saying? Well, yes and no. There's no denying that Darren Aranofsky is a great filmmaker, but his movies tend to be too much on the cerebral side of things for most moviegoers, who seem to prefer a good time at the Cinema as opposed to depressing thought-fests. I thought The Wrestler was amazing. I thought Requiem for a Dream was profoundly disturbing. Point is, he's the kind of director that I love. His movies always evoke emotion in me, and they usually have a way of unsettling me jsut as much, whether mentally or emotionally. Plus, he has a great style.
It's really a movie about the unraveling of a persons sanity, and how striving for perfection can destroy you. Natalie Portman's Nina is a sympathetic character who strives so hard for perfection, that she actually finds herself becoming a Black Swan. Kind of. For Nina, reality and fantasy blur together in a mix of blood and physical transfiguration, that in the end becomes a metaphor for obsession. I think. Deep concepts tend to elude me...
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