Best of the Decade: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ (2010)

 What gave Black Swan its most enduring legacy (aside from the seemingly endless font of memes it inspired that year) was its unique twist on the psychological thriller.  A nod to the Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger classic, The Red Shoes, Darren Aronofsky’s film tells the story of Nina Sayres, a corps dancer who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina.  As Nina, Natalie Portman skillfully displayed a range of emotions not before seen in previous roles: vacillating between fear and elation, anger and obsession — all in the time it takes to flutter one’s imaginary wings.  What results is a mesmerizing psychological breakdown that has Nina sacrificing the most important thing of all: herself.

Read my write-up for The Resident Artist here.

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