Casting Ryder as a faded former ingenue replaced by young blood who stabs herself in the face while screaming "You stole from me!" is simultaneously clever, smug and really shitty & cynical, which - for me - is the film in micro. I quite enjoyed it when it was having fun, however. If it had been a straight-up body horror film (the backwards legs! the feather under the nail!) it would have been ace. Sterling music tho
You just can't escape to the rollo-coaster that it is Nina's life and thoughts throughout ballet and the pressure she suffers to become the best of her generation... Actually, you get to the awkward and strange point when you are feeling some kind of pleasure to see the pain in her skin just like the relief she is herself experiencing. Natalie Portman's best performance ever.
A film I rewatch every year or so because it’s just so wild. I love the paranoia, the repression, and the surreal imagery. Natalie Portman plays Nina like she’s putting on a clinic, and Barbara Hershey’s low-key insanity is everything. The supporting cast is great, and the tight runtime is certainly a positive.
Une indéniable performance de Natalie Portman qui incarne avec une virtuosité vertigineuse, toute la dualité de la nature humaine, dans une réalisation parfaitement maîtrisée, somptueuse et fascinante qui impose avec force et ravissement, ce rare enchantement inhérent aux chefs-d'oeuvre du cinéma... www.cinefiches.com
It's essentially a retelling of Perfect Blue for a western audience, the influence is as clear as day. Having seen Perfect Blue prior to Black Swan I knew how it was going to play out and what tone the movie was going for, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it. It's clever, it's creepy, the subtle details throughout are so fun to pick out. If you enjoyed this movie and haven't seen Perfect Blue, watch it too!
A nostalgia trip for me, so I can't deny its personal draw (I saw it twice in the cinema at the time), but upon revisit it's a little one-note, a tad spelled out. The Swan Lake parallels are noted early, and the film competently hits those marks; I just don't know how effectively the film further comments on those ideas of virginal consumption. Aronofsky of course steals from the very best, always a treat.