Rating: Pretty Damn Good
This is a tough one to review because I liked the movie sooooo much, but these reviews aren’t only about me, they’re an attempt at predicting what likeliness you’ll want to spend money to see this film in theaters. In that regard, I had to knock it down from totally ROCKED, to Pretty Damn Good. Regular readers will know if they like the same movies as me and determine if they’ll think it rocked as well.
What you may not like:
-Confusing directing; I tend to enjoy surreal movies and all of Darren Aronofsky’s work, but I found that a lot of people were saying “Wait, what the hell just happened? Did a piece of the movie get cut out?” Maybe not those exact words, but that sort of idea. Some people had a hard time following, and to their credit, they weren’t dumb it’s just not a style you see every day and they didn’t know what to expect.
-It’s almost a horror movie, this could be a Pro or Con depending on what you like, the fact that there were so many scenes that made me literally cringe and gasp- floored me because it’s so rare that I get that swept away in a movie. At the same time, I heard a lot of people say they wished it was left out.
-Kind of a slow going flick; this is its tempo, if you liked “Let the right one in” (“Let me in” USA remake version) you’ll like this movie.
What you’ll love:
-Ironically, the love and hate mirror the theme in this movie, the duality of human nature and how we struggle to balance our light and dark sides. To the black swan we have complaints about directing and style, cringe-effect and tempo, to the white swan, well, we hear compliments about the directing, style, cringe-effect and tempo. The directing was an excellent way to cram a lot of story into a shorter amount of time without losing meaning. The cringe-effect was present to show how the obsession with pursuing perfection is a damaging endeavor that literally destroys people’s lives. The tempo helped you to feel as the main character felt living in her life of monotony and control all for the hopes of living out someone else’s dream that was only partly her own. In the end, for most of us, our attempt at living a fulfilled life is the very thing that makes our life seam so unfulfilled.
-A great ending; tied up loose ends, couldn’t ask for more.
-A very believable, not just done for shock effect, lusty scene between the leading ladies that did more than just excite but helped to further characterize Natalie Portman’s role… yes… okay fine… it was freakin’ hot too, lol. Seriously? Probably the best scene of its kind yet. You almost wonder if they were both hopped up on Ex when they did that scene, lol. “Bound” eat your heart out.
-A great message, theme etc.
All in all, I’m buying it on DVD, I might even get some people together and go see it again. I’d pay 20 bucks for it on disk. Although I don’t think it’s worth more than 8 or 9 in the theater, it’s not like it was in 3D or anything.
Let me know what you thought,