Black Swan

Black Swan ★★★★★


Perfection. Never have I seen a director show as much of a complete mastery to their craft as Darren Aronofsky in Black Swan. He seamlessly illustrates the delusion and paranoia that is directly set into motion by the pursuit of unattainable perfection, especially to the extent of Nina’s dedication. With Black Swan, Aronofsky effectively achieves magnificence in his portrayal of the obsessed artist. His previous efforts of Pi and The Wrestler are both character driven masterpieces in their own rights, but still feel a little rough around the edges, whereas Black Swan reaches a point of pure, refined, cinematic excellence that no film has ever reached for me so far. Nina’s character is among the most complex in the history of cinema, held back by her mother’s subtly authoritative grasp on her life when she should be coming of age and experiencing life. Her view on the world is clouded, in that she thinks that dancing will dictate a large portion of her life, so she sacrifices her beautiful purity in order to truly embody the black swan. The sheer madness displayed in the last twenty minutes of the film is something more intense than I have ever seen in the medium. The truth is, no film makes me feel this way. While I was rewatching this, there was no doubt in my mind that this would remain as my favorite film ever. I will be writing about Black Swan many, many times in the future because there is obviously a lot to unpack here thematically and I haven’t even scratched the surface of that here. I already can’t wait to watch this again, and I can’t ever see it being dethroned as my number 1 film. 

Number 1 in my top 50 favorite films

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