Whether you like Darren Aronofsky’s films or not is entirely a matter of choice, but one thing cannot be debated or argued – Aronofsky is a visionary filmmaker and a cinematic artist. He made waves at the Sundance Film Festival in the late 1990s with his black and white thriller, Pi, and followed that film with the disturbing and haunting Requiem for a Dream, the dreamlike and romantic The Fountain, and the gritty Oscar darling, The Wrestler. His newest picture, The Black Swan, opens in limited release on December 1, 2010 and is scheduled to open the Venice International Film Festival next month.
The Black Swan stars Natalie Portman (Brothers) and Mila Kunis (The Book of Eli) as two ballerinas working for a New York City stage production of Swan Lake. Portman is the innocent White Swan and Kunis is the sensual Black Swan, and as you can see from watching the trailer, their seemingly tetchy rivalry turns into a bizarre friendship, wherein it seems Portman goes a little nuts. One thing is certain, the look and feel of this preview seems to mirror the bright visual sensation Aronofsky paints in Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain.
I’m interested to see if Aronofsky can follow the success he enjoyed with The Wrestler, and I’m also interested to see the performances of Kunis and Portman. Both are extremely beautiful women, but Portman is a tad overrated in my book and Kunis hasn’t given me anything but a pretty face to be impressed over. What do you think? After watching the trailer, do you have any interest?