If it's crap ... We'll tell you
So I have a huge obsession with Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" which pretty much everyone is raving about nowadays I know, but I'd like to add a perspective from someone who, like the title character, is an insane perfectionist. This psychological thriller, with every twist and turn it takes, does not make itself seem dreadfully forced like a lot of movies now seem to be doing. Call it 'overrated' all you want, but it deserves all its hype, so why not go on about it?
Now don't get me wrong, I hate written reviews that are utterly redundant towards the Spill crew's reviews or generally just the same opinion, but it's hard to disagree with them in this case unless you lack an appreciation for film or are just still butthurt over the reviews on "Tron: Legacy". I can't seem to have any complaint though and I normally can find a con in just about any movie. I'll have to think it over later.
For now I will say that I myself identified with Natalie Portman's character (Nina) to an extent. Granted though, I've never been in dance and could never compare any experiences of mine to that of the harsh training that is involved in the art of ballet. Yet I found myself understanding completely how this woman felt so intent on being perfect and how it felt to be such a workaholic and never really having much fun outside of that. The stress causing her to have a bit of a case of dermatillomania (skin picking/scratching/peeling impulsive habit) and to lie and steal and be outlandish and reckless... it's not far from the truth that a girl can be driven to madness from wanting to be at that level of perfection. But I won't mention what things in this movie I relate to and what struck a chord with me, but what I will say is that I saw some faces I knew in some of these characters and some familiarity would strike me throughout the film... which is one of the reasons why I loved it.
The other reason is that it's just generally a fucking work of art. The imagery is stellar and often bizarre and makes one question their own sanity at some points as you follow this woman's dive into utter and complete madness. Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel offer some excellent performances (Vincent in particular... he gave me chills.) and Clint Mansell, who gave one of the most beautiful movie compositions of modern film "Lux Aeterna", provides a score featuring his own renditions of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's original work. The elegance of ballet combined with the disturbing imagery by her worsening madness is such a perfect combination for me, it's a beautiful nightmare. I could go on, but what hasn't already been said?
If you haven't already seen it, go see it. If you love the director and you love psychological thrillers, you will enjoy this ride into insanity.