I’m very much looking forward to seeing Black Swan.
Obviously there has been some seriously super crazy hype over the last few months, and that has prompted disappointment in quite a few people I know who have seen, but I remain hopeful.
Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to your enjoyment of a film is to have it exalted before you see it.
If someone says “X is the bestest, awesomest, wonderfulest movie ever in the world”, how can the movie possibly live up to that review?
Even if the movie isn’t as good as I hope, the sheer beauty of it will most probably be enough.
That and the fact I love both Natalie and Mila.
I have a morbid fascination with ballet.
On one hand, it mutilates ballerinas and distorts their self-image and there’s the constant pursuit of perfection in order to survive in the world.
Quite a bit of the time, it’s rather unpleasant to watch performance because the teeny ballerinas are distracting gaunt and bony and no amount of grace or beautiful movements can stop you gazing at the bones protruding through skin-tight leotards.
On the other hand, sometimes it can be achingly beautiful if you can achieve the perfect combination of music and dance, lighting and costume, a slim healthy pixie-girl and a man whose package isn’t smacking you in the metaphorical face.
I’m not graceful.
Nor am I in anyway talented as a dancer.
Nor am I in anyway elfin.
I’m also quite fond of my non-deformed feet.
I like to watch ballet, but I have never EVER wanted to take part.
(actually this reminds me of a rather humiliating story from my childhood…you guys should check in tomorrow for that!)
So fingers crossed I enjoy the film.
And also that I can find a copy of a movie called Repulsion, which I’m really interested in seeing after reading this article examining the comparisons between it and Black Swan.
I’m a tres cultured movie connoisseur, me!