Wednesday, August 18, 2010

'Black Swan' Trailer And Poster Drops

When I heard abouth is project last year--this project being directed by Darren Aronofsky with stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and even Winona Ryder in a psycho-thriller about ballerinas in NYC--I was bought and paid for right there.

The trailer is no disappointment as far as what I wanted. This director is one of the best actor's directors around. He knows how to grab the best performances out of his actor's. If they're a weaker actor, watch them in his stuff, then watch them in something else. Points proven.

But wait! There's more!

Portman is someone I'm always on the lookout for, constantly hoping 4 another Closer or The Professional caliber performance. But even more now though I'm pulling for Kunis with her turn in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Stepping out of her sitcom bullshit and into a Class-A comedy with some nicely applied dramatics sprinkled on top. I was impressed. And now she's looking to expand on that with her work in the Mike Judge comedy Extract, the Tina Fey/Steve Carell awesome hyjinks comedy Date Night (in a little scene nicely improvised with James Franco, another comedy up and comer), The Book Of Eli directed by the Hughes Brothers earlier this year and now this? She' tryin' to boss on the game son--and I'm all for it.

Black Swan is based off a script penned by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz. The plot synopsis is as follows:

"A New York City ballet company is producing Swan Lake, and director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) with ballerina Nina (Portman). Nina lives with Erica (Hershey), her overbearing mother and a former ballerina. Nina finds competition in new dancer Lily (Kunis). Swan Lake requires a ballerina who can play the innocent White Swan, which fits Nina, and the sensual Black Swan, which fits Lily. The dancers' rivalry changes into a bizarre friendship, and Nina begins exploring a dark side of herself."
And now without further adieu. . .

Eh?! EH?! Nice huh? I know. It is.

Kunis' loosey goosey girl is the opposite to Portman's precise Swan
Arronofsky had this idea years ago and pitched it to Portman back in 2000. Universal. Speaking about her part, Portman said this: "I'm trying to find roles that demand more adulthood from me because you can get stuck in a very awful cute cycle as a woman in film, especially being such a small person."Kunis contrasted Lily with Nina, "My character is very loose... She's not as technically good as Natalie's character, but she has more passion, naturally. That's what Natalie's character lacks."

Acting quiz! After hearing that, take a look at this damn photo. Tell me what you see. . . Kunis is smiling, slouching and grabbing hold of a massive cheese burger with fries. Portman is sitting up way too straight, eating lettuce resting on top of a single fillet of grilled chicken, with daunted eyes and a curious mouth. If that photo doesn't tell you about their characters dynamics right there, and the conflict Portman so obviously receives with her competition--then nothing will.

Munki excitedly out.

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see this movie. I love Natalie Portman.