And I begin the year with a film review post - one I haven't done since my old blog, many moons ago. This one's not your happy, 'begin the year on a feel-good note' kind of movie. Far from it, in fact. The Black Swan, dazzles to say the least, in a dark, horrific kind of way...
Darren Arnofsky's Requiem for a Dream, has for long held the spot of 'most disturbing movie ever made', even for me, who's seen the film too many times to count. His new movie, The Black Swan, doesn't take that away from Requiem, but comes a close second. If you have not seen Requiem, you should... because it will shake you like nothing else will... Brilliant montages, stellar performances and a story that's sad and disturbing at the same time.
The Black Swan explores the dark underbelly of the world of ballet. Natalie Portman excels as the central character, taking on the duality of her role with great style. Mila Kunis, of 'That 70's Show' fame, is beautiful and plays the layers of her character excellently. The competition, the gruelling effort in the race to be the best, and the mental travails of a disturbed young starlet all come through beautifully.
Watch the trailer here.
But I will confess, I'm still partial to Requiem!