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Can I have my two minutes back, please?
I'm reading reviews after having seen the movie... It's my favorite movie this year.
Just saw Black Swan -- I don't know how you can be so certain that her death is literal. This review diminishes a great movie based on a very narrow interpretation of what I took to be an ambiguous ending. I think the ending totally works and parallels the ending of the Wrestler beautifully.
You are an idiot. The movie is literally the story of Swan Lake. Literally. Retold. Duh. It is a multi-layered story, yes, but it is obvious that the director was retelling Swan Lake. So obvious. SO OBVIOUS. The story and that ending had to unfold that way because it is THE STORY OF SWAN LAKE. This is hammered into the head of the audience. Rewatch the movie and you will notice.
Beautiful. Dark. Vagina.
The dancing in this movie is beautiful, thanks to the amazing Benjamin Millepied, principal dancer at NYCB. Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman, two dancers fighting for the role of the Swan Queen, are two beautiful individuals as well. A nice contrast between the two, Portman being innocent and naive, while Kunis is sexy, blunt, and wild. I would also say it is hard not to look at the dancers through out the movie, sweat, tights, bulges, enough said.
This movie dips into the dark side, a not so happy look behind the curtain. Literally dark, Portman often dressed in light colors, runs into her dark alter ego on the street, in the club, and also in mirrors, what? Yes, she is a little crazy. Lots of scratching, bleeding, peeling, and stabbing. If you do not handle blood very well, you are now warned. The director also focuses on the negative aspects of ballet, including bulemia, sleeping with the company director to gain lead parts, and getting shit for being too old.
The link between Portman being able to dance the white swan and the blank swan lies within her vagina. Her problem was that she was too tight to let go on stage. The solution? Masturbation, sex, and hosting a beaver buffet for Kunis. To all you straight men out there, yes, Mila Kunis eats her out. Whether or not it actually happens is up to your imagination.
This movie is excellent, a must see during the holidays. The combination of the music and the suspense, makes it necessary to watch it in the theater. Guys, bring a date/someone you want to get close to for the night. They will be latching, or at least I was.
As far as Graves' review, I went home and read the whole thing, as I'd avoided her spoiler. I was hoping to get some sort of heightened understanding of what I just saw, but the tone of the review sounded as confused and overwhelmed as I feel, too.
I think the film truly is a work of art. The plot is merely a rough framework that the actors and director exploit to put the viewer through an experience, a powerful cocktail of both emotional and physical sensations. I almost had to walk out I was so uncomfortable.
So afterwards, I went across the street and had another type of powerful cocktail.
B. To @14: I must have missed the lesbian cunnilingus in "Swan Lake."
A. You don't know if she dies or not, just like in the wrestler you don't know. So to say that she definitely dies makes you look like a pretentious know it all.
B. If you're going to present yourself critic you should know that an interpertaion of a story isn't a shot by shot remake of a story.
C. If you're going to write a prententious douchy review of an amazing movie, don't get surprise when people call you on it.
That said, having now seen the film (spoilers!), I must confess that your reading of the ending seems thuddingly literal, Jen. Her death doesn't strike me as being any more a literal event than the emergence of those wings or the ostensible oral sex.
What made you comment that Natalie Portman's arms were as "balletic as Lisa Simpsons?" Are you taking hints from the New York reviewer who got reamed for saying a real ballerina had "one sugarplum too many?"
Anyways, I guess I can't ask for better writing and form from a free paper. But I think I can say that you have failed as a writer and as a human being for such a cheap shot at an actresses looks in an already appearence obsessed industry. I hope your career never reaches the level where people pay for you to insult women, shrew.
"Crammed with twins — lookalikes, mirrored images, doppelgängers — the story follows that of the “Swan Lake” ballet in broad, gradually warped strokes." -- MANOHLA DARGIS
Read HER review.
Written, directed and produced by men - a juvenile male fantasy.
Don't get me wrong- I'm a man, and I enjoyed the masturbation and the girl-on-girl scene. But I also like to see substantial character growth. I won't feel sad though, cuz two out of three ain't bad.
Or if Nina is the white swan, who's the black swan? Lily? If so, then we have the prince choosing the *white* swan, and her *still* killing herself (it's clear the ballet teacher wanted Nina, if the ballet teacher is supposed to be the prince). The movie just doesn't correspond to Swan Lake so directly; it's symbolism and metaphor.