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Black Swan

I bought "Black Swan" on DVD.

My only thought (well, actually two):

It was pretty clear from the start that Natalie Portman's character was becoming unhinged. It would have been more interesting if it had been ambiguous at the beginning whether it was all in her head or someone was actually messing with her.

Natalie totally rocked it. She deserved the Oscar.


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Apr. 3rd, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
See, I loved how throughout it it was totally ambiguous what was in her head and what was really happening. I really loved that it wasn't played as entirely one way or the other, but for every incident, you could argue either convincingly.

I have a theory that her mother wasn't really there for about 90% of their interactions.
Apr. 3rd, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
There's very little that she wasn't doing to herself. The only question was: was it really happening or was it in her imagination?

I would like to have thought that someone else was doing things to her and then coming to the realization that it was all in her head.

I believed her mother was there most of the time, and she was definitely some of the problem. She, as many parents do these days, projected her dreams onto her daughter. She was stifling her. She had never let her out from under her wings to have a life. Outside the studio, the two of them were always together, if she had anything to say about it.

BTW, your icon picture is very pretty!
Apr. 3rd, 2011 05:14 am (UTC)
I can't decide if I agree or not!

On one hand, I was thoroughly impressed with how disturbed I felt the entire time. Even the camera work felt very claustrophobic (sp?) to me and I enjoyed (if you can call it that, ha) not really knowing what was going on with her the entire time.

On the other hand though, I think if the HAD shown her in some sort of normal circumstances first, in some normal frame of mind, we might have questioned what was real and what wasn't even more.

Either way, Natalie Portman was indeed very effective in that movie, and I'm definitely okay with her Oscar win.

Apr. 3rd, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
You're right - the camera work definitely helped with the intensity of what was happening. The sound design, too, like where you mostly heard her breathing when she was dancing.

I guess I had expectations of the story going a slightly different way.
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