OSCAR PICK for 2010 – Black Swan

In Brief

While we don’t yet know the nominees and I haven’t seen many of the potentials, it’s hard to imagine any film of 2010 surpassing the emotional roller coaster that is Black Swan.

The Review

When I left the theater on New Year’s Day after watching Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, my hands were shaking and my heart was pounding. I had not felt a physical and emotional reaction to a film like this since The Reader in 2008.

Over the course of the past few days, I have put a lot of thought into this film, trying to separate the hallucination from the reality in Nina’s (played by Natalie Portman) mind. What was the message of the film? What is Aronofsky trying to say about beauty, dance, and perfection? What really happened and what was just part of the protagonist’s spiral into madness? Without being able to come to any answers, I realized that this is the beauty of the film.

Aronofsky manages to literally put the audience into the mind of his mentally ill lead – making us feel and think as she does. Natalie Portman’s performance is incredible, making Nina’s reality that much more horrific. In the end, we know only what Nina knows and see only what Nina sees. This is what makes the film so chilling.

Report Card

Acting

Directing

Writing

Soundtrack

A

A

A

A

Final Grade: A

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