Black Swan

Title: Black Swan
Year: 2010
Length: 108 minutes
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz & John J. McLaughlin, story by Heinz
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey
Music: Clint Mansell & Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (and non-original music)
Oscars: won for Best Actress (Portman); nominations for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Editing
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Synopsis: a ballerina loses her mind

My reaction
Concept: Good.
Story: Good.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. What the hell happened to Natalie Portman? Did she just get bored with standing around in front of cameras and decide to spontaneously become a great actress (and ballet dancer)?
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Extremely intense – not something you want to watch if you’re feeling at all stressed out.
Objective Rating: 3.5/4 (Very good).


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