Friday, 15 January 2010

20 for 2010 - Black Swan

Leaping gracefully to number 4 is Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.



Ballet has often been used as a metaphor for freedom and youth by filmmakers, or as a way of escape. In films as diverse as The Red Shoes and Billy Elliott once the music begins the protagonists can hide away from the reality of the world they live in. So Aronofsky's thriller about the rivalry between professional dancers may subvert that tradition - here the mere act of dancing will focus the tension, not disappate it.



I imagine we could expect nothing less from the director of Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and The Wrestler. His characters are often carried on by forces unknown to them whether it's a drug addiction, the lure of the ring or a fatalistic love affair.

There is also a supernatural element - Natalie Portman's dancing adversary Mila Kunis may be real, or may just be a figment of her imagination. This may also link to the the freedom of creativity and the madness that competitiveness can bring.

Alternatively it could be a bog standard ghost thriller... What do you think? I'm pretty hyped up about it either way.

4 comments:

TomS said...

Ben...I posted a couple guesses but am not sure if you received them...one was a blunder..the other, a second-chance guess. If they did not reach you, let me know...my vote is still open...
Tom

Runs Like A Gay said...

Hi Tom,

I haven't received any guesses yet.

If you just post them in any comment section I'll be able to pick them up from there.

Cheers

Alex in Movieland said...

Ok.
My rushed prediction before I finish my luggage :D

i was gonna say Wolfman, but u said summer release, so I'm not going with that...

My prediction: Toy Story 3 :P

i'm so sure I lost

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

If you want to be spoilt, you can read the script. It's good, but not excellent.