Or as I like to call it “Black Tron”,
Now I enjoyed this movie. Was it the best movie of 2010? Probably not, but it is still good and definitely worth seeing.
It’s dark. It’s twisted. And the special effects are unsettling– and in some cases quite “bone jarring”.
I love the subtle nuances that went into the film too. Natalie’s character being named “Nina” (meaning: little girl) and how she WAS a little girl. Completely infantalized by a domineering ex-ballerina/stage mom played beautifully by a really uglified Barbara Hersey.
Natalie was the embodiment of the white swan. Innocent. Fragile. Timid. Self-doubting. Virginal. All the characteristics of the White Swan. And all the things Natalie’s getting ragged on for portraying in the film– but it was perfect. This is what “Nina” was and why she struggled so much to find the “Black Swan” within.
And why she subsequently broke.
And Nina’s arch-rival? Lily. Her name sort of implies “white” (which she kind of is) but Lily was also the embodiment of sexual desire and freedom. She represents all the things that Nina isn’t. All Nina sees in her is the darkness and the threat.
She also sees her secret, dark, “inner self” in Lily. The side that desperately wants to come out of the cage.
I loved how Nina is always in white, grey, pink… light colors. Not pure white (because she’s not pure, but…) And Lily is always in dark greys, black, etc. The use of color in the film was subtle and very important.
I enjoyed Nina’s decent into madness. It was really uncomfortable to watch, and several scenes ooged me out a bit. (Like seeing Queen Amidala masturbate). But at least the movie provoked a visceral response in me.
Plus, Natalie Portman really does an excellent job throughout the film. And her DANCING. Jebus! You can tell the girl studied, and studied HARD for this.
Oh, and the music is pretty damn good too. But then “Swan Lake” didn’t get where it is in the pantheon of dance because the music sucked.
In short, don’t waste your money on Tron… go see this film instead. The storyline is better, the effects more subtle, and acting is excellent.