Black Swan – Weekend Movie Recommendations
It’s date day for Danny and myself, and we head out to the movies. With so many titles, we can’t decide. Either we watch his girlfriend’s – Natalie Portman – film, or my boyfriend Johnny Deep. It’s a tough decision, so we watch both.
Ever since I saw the trailer of Black Swan, it was on my list of must see films. Darren Aronofsky is an incredibly talented director and storyteller. He knows how to make the audience feel what he wants them to feel. The film is visceral, and not for everyone much like his previous films Pi and Requiem for a Dream. But on this film, you see a more mature director. The cinematography is spectacular, specially during the mirror sequence. Unbelievable how you don’t see the camera.
The only spoiler for me was having read a review from Vanity Fair the night before, which basically gave away the ending. The words of my professors sounded true at that moment, never read reviews. But even though I knew some of the plot and twists, I enjoyed every single moment of it. The story is not new, but it feels fresh, even with its darker tone. And kudos to Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, both are such accomplished actresses. Natalie Portman gives such a wonderful performance; she is both fragile and freeky and definitely worthy of an Academy nomination. When you have an actress of the caliber of Natalie Portman is hard to imagine a young actress who is able to be side by side with her without being overcast. Mila Kurnis pulls it off wonderfully. Her performance is remarkable and confirms her as one of the great actress of the new generation.
As for The Tourist. I’m glad I saw it to get it out of my system, but I wonder how can you have Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie and still get it wrong, specially when the film was written and directed by director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck who received an Oscar for The Lives of Others. Johnny Depp is sadly miscast, and although it’s original, the film seems like a bad remake of a 1950’s movie with Audrey Hepburn. If you can, just wait for the DVD.