Black Swan

Tuesday October 26th 2010


Black Swan, the fifth film from soon-to-be Wolverine 2 director Darren Aronofsky, has proven divisive since it opened the Venice Film Festival last month. Peter Bradshaw found it ‘thoroughly outrageous’ but ‘certainly watchable’, the Hollywood Reporter said it ‘doesn’t begin to work’ and Robbie Collin was all but ready to label it the best film ever made over on Twitter.

Personally, I didn’t really like it.

Darrenofsky has never been known for his subtlety, but now it seems like he’s metamorphosed into some kind of arthouse Tony Scott, desperately throwing everything he can at the screen in an attempt to create anything in the way of tension. I get that it’s ‘all very Polanski’ and ‘totes a Cronenberg homage bbz’ but honestly, it just doesn’t work in this case.

Some of my favourite movies are wildly over the top (Von Trier FTW) but there’s a difference between making a point very, very clear and making so many different points that the audience stop giving a shit. Black Swan, sadly, does the latter.

Sorry Darren, it’s a 0.42.

On the plus side: he does do some amazing stuff with mirrors.