Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Darren Aronofsky|
|Produced by||Scott Franklin
|Screenplay by||Mark Heyman
|Story by||Andres Heinz|
|Music by||Clint Mansell|
|Editing by||Andrew Weisblum|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
This is the word I use when describing Black Swan. Out of all the films this year–Darren Aronofsky’s dark vision is the one that had the most powerful impact on me. A psychological thriller and intense character study–it stays with you long after it fades to black.
Natalie Portman will win the Oscar (to go along with all her other awards) because of total immersion into Nina Sayers. A fragile, determined and unstable ballerina with an obession with perfection. It is the a role of a lifetime and a tour-de-force performance.
But Natalie is not the only reason the film is amazing. Aronosfsky’s direction is masterful (and I thought all his other movies were incredible). All his trademark styles–use of bright light and shadows–sound as a character in the story–are…yes, perfected–and there were scenes that caused a physical reaction in me. I experienced goose bumps during the climatic dance sequence–WOW! It is not for those with a weak disposition–it is unflinchingly honest and visually profound.
I dare say that it accomplishes what Nina Sayers was seeking…PERFECTION!