2/15/11

BLACK SWAN AND ITS "FAIR" CHANCES




Certainly one of the best directors of our time, Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) calls his latest masterpiece Black Swan , a companion piece to his Mickey Rourke starrer The Wrestler. In the words of Aronofsky himself,  "They are really connected and people will see the connections. It's funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves. They're both performers."

Black Swan follows the story of its protagonist, Nina (stunningly played by the brilliant Natalie Portman) a beautiful, young and graceful ballerina. She is innocent, her body and mind under-nourished, she is pure, immature. She is closed in a shell, imprisoned by a smother-mother, who appears to be sweet. Nina cannot lose herself, she cannot be aggressive. She is too polite to even act bad. That is where her ballet director Thomas, thinks she will play the White Swan perfectly, but lacks the aggression that is required to play the Black Swan in their reprise of the "Swan Lake". Thomas also thinks that Lily (Mila Kunis) and her approach to life and dance suits the role of the Black Swan. 

The movie touches various complexities in an artist. A sort of narcissism that attracts an artist to himself and also self loathing that repels. Aronofsky makes brilliant use of hallucinations, mirror images and twins to express this fight of one with his own self. He doesn't shy away to incorporate torn ligaments, skipped meals, straining limbs to portray the difficulty of the art and also he does not miss to show us the grace and beauty involved on the outside. This basic theme of good vs.evil, the white vs. black , of the 'Swan Lake' also sees incorporated in the narrative.

The claustrophobic sound editing and Matthew Libatique's capturing cinematography, makes the audience feel the fears and the pains of the protagonist. Everyone pulls off an admirable performance as far as acting is concerned, but Natalie Portman shines and holds the film like none other. Not only her ballet is perfect, but her effortless performance takes you closer to the protagonist. 

Nominated in 5 major categories in the Academy and a good run at BAFTA and Golden Globes, Black Swan promises to pull off a good show! The Acting honor for Natalie Portman looks the most certain but could also give a tough fight for the editing and the cinematography.

This is a movie that is absolutely gratifying thanks to Aronofsky's sublime touch. 

6 comments:

  1. gud work soaham......very well put....

    the movie brilliantly portrays coming of age of a certain ballerina in search of perfection n the only person standing in her way is she herself.....

    with this movie 'black swan' aronofsky has really stated his credentials as one of the top directors, i feel one more movie f such caliber would real put him at par with nolan and tarantino...

    natalie portman's work is simply outstanding....i dont know hw many ppl know dis bt she has done 90% of the ballet herself in d movie...!!!!
    she is an amazing talent.....brothers, v for vendetta, garden state n the other boleyn girl are some of her best works....heat n leon are also a must watch....

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  2. Yes, I absolutely agree. This film has a very good chance at the Academy Awards. he acting is briliant, yes, but what I thought was amazing was the aesthetic delight it provided. The frames, colour (or a lack thereof), lighting, and the general camera craft gave Black Swan was the core of Black Swan's impact.
    Mr. Darren Aronofsky. :-)

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  3. @ videh-
    thanks for it! natalie portman has really put her heart to it! and at the oscars we feel her efforts will pay off!
    and aronofsky's already there. hes already following nolan to commercial space with X men Wolverine sequel. best of luck to him.

    @ mrinalini- thanks for ur first comment here.
    aesthetics and photography as you would be first to notice, really uplift the proceedings. we hope cinematography is rewarded. keep reading and keep commenting:)

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  4. congratulations on the domain registration... excellent insight... hope for great things in the future

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  5. Once again nice job AMEYA. gud review and its one of my best for such a great composition for none other than great Clint Mansell!! Good post:)

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