Hello once again. Forgive the break in posts, I have been busy but am back once again! This weekend saw the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Highly anticipated, the film see’s a dedicated ballerina, Nina, played by Natalie Portman, trying to land a role in Swan Lake. But this is just the beginning, as Nina spirals out of control as she sacrifices everything, and I mean EVERYTHING for her art.
The movie plays as a psychological thriller/horror and bears resemblance to films like Rosemary’s Baby and Jacob’s ladder in terms of atmosphere. In terms of style and theme, the movie is very similar to Aronofsky’s previous film, The Wrestler – both movies feature characters giving everything to their physically demanding roles. Aronofsky also chooses to shoot the movie in a similar vein as The Wrestler, in a cinema verité style. It is a style which really gives the movie a more visceral feel.
Portman gives the performance of her career as the fragile dancer who spirals out of control. Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell also give great supporting performances.
Anyone who likes Aronofsky’s movies (Requiem for a Dream, Pi, The Fountain) should love this movie also.
All in all, I completely recommend Black Swan. Beautiful and tragic. Go see it.
Also, I’ve done a couple of posters for the film. I recently got a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet so the drawing of Portman is a bit rough but was my first drawing. The first poster is more in keeping with the abstract style of the amazing illustrated posters released for the movie, the second one is a portrait of Nina.
Hope you enjoy, don’t forget to comment and share 🙂