Just saw both last week, and I think you're right. There can't possibly be a better performance, IMO. Aronofsky brings that out with the suspense in the story, but I also think he's got a gift for bringing out raw emotion in the actors in his movies. I haven't seen all the movies I'm interested in seeing yet, but so far Black Swan is my favorite.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Jan 5, 2011 20:21:22 GMT -8
Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" makes Queen Amidala look like an annoying pinched faced child with a really bad stage mother who against all sound reason keeps pushing her reluctant annoying pinched face in front of the camera. The Black S(whoops). See Blue Valentine. Michelle Willams is just as naked daring, but without the annoying pinched face.
Also, I am aware that I basically described Portman's character, but I am also very aware that that is a real deal central character we have to watch for 108mins! Watch "Inland Empire" and kill the Black Swan.
True Grit, that's a good movie people. Like someone else stated, pretty cool they went with a traditional Western take. Usually the Coens make a genre movie "Coen style" (which is usually definitely always a good thing), now it's just a Coen made movie, which also turns out to be pretty incredible.
Oh the war is on. I loved True Grit probably just as much as you. The thing is, it's just as eccentric as Black Swan, just in a totally different way. The dialogue, a lot of the editing choices, that final battle scene - that would have been shot differently by any director. Totally unique to the Coens.
Black Swan's eccentricities are in its surrealism, which is on the surface. It was uncomfortable to watch, but I can deal with that. It was uncomfortable because it was so visceral. And the acting...
Black Swan SPOILER alert...
When Portman's character is dancing the black swan well, I can totally tell, even before everybody tells her so. I was like, "oh that was a good one, she nailed it!" in that last rehearsal and in the final performance. And I don't know SHIT about ballet or dancing or anything. It was just in her face, and her body language. Seeing her being a crazy badass, for the few minutes it actually happened, made the pinched-face rest of the movie make sense.
Anyway, they're both great, but for my money it's Black Swan.