>black swan review

Posted on April 13, 2011

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darren aranofsky is a director who gives us some unforgettable movies, but the only one i have ever watched is underappreciated ‘the fountain’ which is a true thing of beauty [if a little bit of a mind melter]. his latest offering, black swan, is a strange yet enthralling thing of beauty. i’ve heard it called a thriller with elements of horror, but i disagree. this is for all intents and purposes a horror movie about insanity, obsession and the pursuit of one person’s own perfection, and it is at times truly terrifying. yet while terrifying, aranofsky has given us an incredibly well told, deeply touching portrait of natalie portman’s character, and she is fully deserving of any awards thrown at her for this role – it’s phenomenal.
portman is nina sayers, a ballerina who’s desperate to play the lead in her company’s production of swan lake. she has mastered the aspect of the white swan, but being quite a fragile person she is struggling to find her inner black swan. with the combined oppressiveness of her overbearing mother, her barbaric director and fierce competitors, nina slowly descends into madness.
did i mention portman is phenomenal?…
you feel uneasy watching black swan and it has you on edge the whole time. it’s an incredible piece of work. like i say, this is a horror story and by the final third of the movie this aspect really starts to kick in. it’s a collection of psychological torture and physical horror. it’s *very* creepy, and some of what you see will stay with you for days!
with black swan aronofsky has shown us that he can deliver an unforgettable experience.
i will not be watching it again, and i don’t think it will be for everyone [wifey thinks it was absolutely awful!] but i’m glad i saw it, or rather – experienced it.
which brings me to my easter message!!
what of perfection? we are imperfect beings, we cannot be perfect no matter what we do or how hard we strive for it. but only through faith in the very real loving sacrifice of christ on the cross are we *all* washed clean of our wrongdoings and gain our rightful place in heaven with our creator. perfect!
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 you were saved by faith in god, who treats us much better than we deserve. this is god’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. it isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. god planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. that’s why he sent christ to make us what we are.
ephesians 2v8-10
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