Monday, September 19, 2011

"OH, COME ON....!" That was my initial response upon finishing the 2010 Oscar-winning BLACK SWAN. A little while back, Weaverman posted a cogent review of the film here on his FLEAPIT OF THE MIND blog. Now, I was totally prepared to call him an old curmudgeon when he started off his review with "this is what passes for art in Hollywood these days". Surely, you're being a little hard on the old tinsel town, just possibly. But now, after having finally seen the film, and at the risk of sounding like a "yes man", I can only say that Weaverman has hit the nail on the tutu. While I too will admit to the fact that the film was entertaining and held my interest throughout, I will also claim that this film is a comedy. It's not meant to be taken seriously, right? I mean, surely not. The first half of the film is OK, I guess, but the second half is just silly. And again, I have the sneaking suspicion that Mr. Aronofsky means for us to take all this seriously. But truly, it's one hell of a laugh!
As for Ms. Portman's performance, I also agree with Weaverman that it's good -- never bad -- in fact, it's the most "acting" I've ever seen her do. Granted, the things she's called for to do require all the subtlety of a mack truck running over a . . . well, a swan, I suppose. Did she deserve the Best Actress Oscar? Well, I still haven't seen all the performances but I bet there's a better performance out there. I also agree that there is MUCH too much of the "homage" element to the film; it lifts bits of business from THE RED SHOES (a TRULY great film), AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE SHINING and all the other films Weaverman's mentioned. However, he hasn't even mentioned them all; including the heavy influence of Brian DePalma's CARRIE (no stranger to "homage" himself) in the Barbara Hershey "stage mother" set piece. Methinks the "assemblers" of this movie (I hesitate to call them "creators") also have a passing familiarity with Edward Gorey's "THE GILDED BAT". Be that as it may, the best performance in the film I found to be Winona Ryder who was the most interesting to watch in her all too few scenes; maybe the camera's should've followed Winona around for the actual movie instead of that nitwit Nina; at least we would've gotten some interesting shoplifting scenes.
When all is said and done, I would also reiterate that the movie is probably worth watching. For a laugh. Because it's definitely a trashy hunk of fromage and good silly (if pretentious) fun. But art? Or Oscar-worthy? I don't think so. It's good for the comic factor but certainly not as a representative of great cinematic art. Much like the ridiculously over-praised THE KING'S SPEECH (which I always refer to as "THE EMPEROR'S NEW SPEECH" now because there's really nothing to it), this film is a case of "THE EMPEROR'S NEW TUTU".

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Dis Guy said...
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Cerpts said...

No sir, Weaverman covered that angle.

HA! Get it. Angle.

Dis Guy said...
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Cerpts said...

um....the ANGLE that "Meg Griffin chick" was at in that scene, I meant.

Sheesh I always said thank God you're pretty because you're ain't got brainz.

Dis Guy said...
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Cerpts said...

That's Wonder Girl, you Nimnol!!! Aqualad's the basket case!