Thursday, February 3, 2011

Black Swan: or the movie that is not at all like SWF, in my opinion

You've probably heard a lot of buzz about Black Swan, maybe just the fact that Natalie Portman is now engaged to (and knocked up by) the choreographer/male dancer in the movie, or that she and Mila Kunis got reaaallyyy skinny for the movie in order to accurately portray professional dancers.  If you've ever seen a professional dancer IRL, you're probably like "YAWN...of course they had to get super skinny to be a dancer...I've seen a dancer and I wouldn't believe this movie if they didn't have bodies like prepubescent teenagers."

Many people, after seeing the preview for this movie are all "I've seen that movie, but when I saw it, it was called 'Single White Female'".  I did not get that at ALL from the movie. I think they made the preview a little like that because they have two very hot female leads and thought it might attract people that are "meh" on ballet/dance movies.

The movie made me feel a little bit like how I felt when I saw Jacob's Ladder: uncomfortable.  Don't get me wrong, I REALLY like it (I pretty much like any movie that has choreographed dancing in it) but I was squeamish through most of the movie (especially the scene in the hospital with Winona Ryder...NIGHTMARES.)  For a portion of the movie, I was also getting a Sixth Sense vibe, as I wasn't sure if Lily (Mila Kunis) was real. I think I was just looking for a way to make sense of the crazy.

Overall, I liked this movie a lot, however I wouldn't really recommend it to about 92% of my friends. Like my friends who claim "Jersey Shore" and "Real Housewives of (insert random city name here" are fantastic television shows...I don't think they are the "artsy movie" type, and this is definitely artsy.

For a humorous review of the movie (I don't agree with their grade of a B-, but this is funny business!), visit here!


kam said...

I hated this movie from a pure "grossed out the whole time" perspective. I think Natalie, Mila, Director, etc. all did great jobs, but I found it to be gross as compared to being a thriller. I also spent the whole time wondering if anything was real.

Now, from a Single White Female perspective, I can't wait to see the Minka Kelly/Leighton Meister movie. That looks more like it!

Kristen said...

It definitely had some gross moments. Picking the hangnail and the bit with the nail file made me want to hurl!