Sound Off: Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
December 3, 2010
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Highly acclaimed and beloved Brooklyn-born filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is releasing his fifth feature film this weekend, titled Black Swan, starring the always wondefful Natalie Portman as well as Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder. It is opening in limited release, but you can find the complete city listings here with expansion details. How is Darren's new film? Does it live up to your expectations? Is it his best film to date? How was Natalie Portman - Oscar worthy? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and let us know what you thought of Black Swan!
To fuel the fire, as you probably already know, I totally love this film (read my review from Telluride). It is easily one of my favorite films of the entire year, perhaps even my #1, but I haven't seen everything this year yet. That said, Darren Aronofsky has delivered an absolutely mesmerizing, seductive, twisted, dark, brilliant ballet thriller that not only has a great story at its center, but is also crafted like a beautiful ballet itself. I've seen it a few times already and it only gets better on repeat viewings. I'm hesitant to call it his masterpiece because I also love and appreciate The Fountain just as much, but Black Swan is still one of my favorites of 2010. And for those that want to get into the details, how much of it do you think was just her imagination?
What did you think of Aronofsky's Black Swan? Movie of the year or just a mediocre thriller?