Thursday, September 2, 2010

Heebie Jeebies Case #3920: The Black Swan Trailer

You've probably already started to catch wind of the buzz surrounding Darren Aronofsky's new film "Black Swan." Y'know, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, insanity, and ballet? Those are definitely the buzz words for this movie, just looking at the trailer. (And YES, Portman and Kunis kiss in it, blah blah blah let's get that out of the way.)

What I'm more interested in is the fact that it looks freaky as hell. Is she growing wings? Are she and Mila Kunis the same person? What the hell is that demon thing? And what, pray, is Winona Ryder doing there?

I've over-analyzed the trailer like mad, and once I got over my initial case of the heebie jeebies, there were two little things that made me go "hmm."

1. 1:17 - the two figures passing in the hallway. Are they both meant to be Natalie Portman? Because the reverse-shot figure in black definitely does not look like her, after seeing in fact that it IS NP in the shot previous. Yet, I think we are meant to believe that the girl in white with the chignon is supposed to be Portman's character. But, we never see her face in the trailer. Is this a bad stand-in issue, or are we on to something here?

2. 1:24 - The brief three shots of the makeout confuse me. They must be filming in mirrors or something, because it starts with NP moving screen right to kiss Mila Kunis, but in the next shot she's approaching from the opposite direction. Then they cut into a closeup where NP is on the left again. What is this trickery?

Oh, and the part when Natalie Portman's reflection turns to stare at her? Consider me traumatized.

But I'm totally going to see this, despite the scary, and also in spite of the fact that I find both Natalie Portman's and Mila Kunis' voices somewhat irksome.


  1. I cannot tell a lie: this looks awesome.

    I am a bit baffled by Mila Kunis's presence, though. an Aronofsky film. o.O

    OH ALSO. I read somewhere that Aronofsky originally envisioned this and "The Wrestler" as the SAME MOVIE. Still trying to figure out how that would've worked.

  2. Mila Kunis is one of those people I want to like, but just can't see to muster up enough enthusiasm, so perhaps this movie will tip the scales in her favor for me. It's almost guaranteed this movie's going to be up for some Oscars, so let's just wrap our brains around THAT for a second.

    Now, I haven't seen "The Wrestler" yet, but that makes me no less baffled by trying to figure how they could be the same movie. I kind of think it would have been awesome though.


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