'Black Swan' trailer: This can't end well, can it?

Director Darren Aronofsky doesn’t do fluff. He does unflinching works of overwhelmingly sweet/sickening sadness, like Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler. The trailer for Black Swan, his ballerina film starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, seems to continue this trend. Portman plays an accomplished dancer whose obsession and insecurities threaten to warp her perceptions of reality. Kunis seems to be a young All About Eve upstart eyeing Portman’s character’s position with the company. But does she really exist, or is she a figment of Portman’s character’s paranoia? Hmmm. The trailer is delightfully Kubrickian, what with the masked figures, confused realities, and elaborate dance theatrics. Take a look:

Did the trailer feel like a red-eyed hallucination to you? Did you catch the glimpse of Winona Ryder at the 1:23 mark? Are you excited to see this film, or is there a better, more-reserved word to describe your anticipation?

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  • Brian F

    Cannot wait!!!

    • SLB

      Damn! That looks good.

  • Ceballos

    Ok, so the mirror reflection turn at 1:13 officially freaked me out.

    Although this kind of freaky “warped perceptions of reality” movie always has the potential to be terrible, I usually enjoy this kind of thing.

    I’m also a big fan of Aronofsky’s work, and it looks like he brings the same attention to detail he brought to wrestling to the ballet world.

    Also, it’s cool to see Vincent Cassel in a pretty major part.

  • Sammi

    Wow! That looks like it will be one crazy ride!

  • Ceballos

    Ok, so the mirror reflection turn at the 1:13 mark officially freaked me out.

    Although this kind of freaky “warped perception of reality” movie usually has the potential to be terrible, I usually enjoy that kind of thing.

    I’m also a big fan of Aronofosky’s work, and it looks like he brings the same attention to detail he brought to wrestling to the world of ballet.

    • Ceballos

      (Yikes, another duplicated post…I’m having technical issues today…sorry.)

  • Megan

    I might see that…it’ll be nice to see Natalie Portman in a different light!

  • stephen

    Why does the movie SINGLE WHITE FEMALE come to mind?

    • Elizabeth

      Because you’re not thinking hard enough?

    • paige

      try putting a stiletto in your eye ;)

      • Ceballos

        Any movie that evokes an early/mid-90’s thriller is alright by me. :)

      • paige

        how bout entering a rigged greenhouse? or throwing a dummy on a highway? or renting your apartment out to Michael Keaton?

      • Ceballos

        It’d been too long since there’s been an excuse to bring up “Hand That Rocks the Cradle” (which came out the same year as “SWF”…thank you much.

      • paige

        it was all part of the 90’s tagline: “nanny from hell”, “best friend from hell, “child from hell”, “tennant from hell”… etc from hell

      • Ceballos

        Unfortunately, the equivalent of “____ from hell” in the 2010’s is “____ in 3D.”

      • paige

        this movie should totally be in 3D! imagine pirouettes… in 3!D!

      • Jesse

        Ceballos: Well-put, sir.

  • Madd

    I love Aronofsky, but this looks a little too nuts. Also, WINONAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ceballos

      Yeah, the mirror reflection turn at 1:13 officially freaked out, but I love Aronofsky, so i’m there.

    • JDWurl

      I bet she “steals” the movie!

  • Tab

    Barbara Hershey’s performance looks solid!

    • Madd

      I love her!

    • TQB

      No one does creepy mom better.

      • stephen

        Remember her in Beaches with Bette Midler?

  • paige

    sooo there! Darren Aronofsky is one of the best directors out there- he has yet to dissapoint me.

    • Ceballos

      I agree.

      I LOVED the attention to deal he brought to the wrestling world in “The Wrestler” and it looks like he does the same for ballet here.

      • paige

        agreed- but didnt Robert Altman do that with The Company?

      • Ceballos

        I’d have to take your word for it, since I didn’t see “The Company.”

        I just remembered being impressed with how well he nailed wrestling in “The Wrestler” (I was a huge fan of “wrestling” growing up), so I think it’s exciting to see him bring that level of technique and detail to something artistic like ballet.

      • Jesse

        Paige: Call me crazy, but I don’t think Neve Campbell started sprouting feathers in THE COMPANY.

      • paige

        you obviously didnt see the directors cut! lol

  • Ceballos

    Ok, so the mirror reflection turn at the 1:13 mark officially freaked me out.
    Although this kind of freaky “warped perception of reality” movie usually has the potential to be terrible, I usually enjoy that kind of thing.
    I’m also a big fan of Aronofosky’s work, and it looks like he brings the same attention to detail he brought to wrestling to the world of ballet.

  • darclyte

    Was Winona at 1:26 not 1:23? Looks like another winner for Darren, he’s really good at these psychologically creepy productions.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      yes at 1:26

  • Via

    I’m excited about this movie and plan to watch it when it arrives but the kissing scene between the two leads feels trite. I’m sure Aronofsky will not sensationalize it and I completely trust his talent and vision. Jennifer’s Body this is not, but I get so tired of watching that one trick pony get pulled out all the time. Let me be clear; there is nothing wrong with same sex kissing scenes but in this ‘I Kissed A Girl’ atmosphere I would appreciate it if it at least advanced the story in some way.

    • K

      So you want all kissing in all movies to advance the story, or just girl on girl kisses? Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss.

      • orianis

        and sometimes two heterosexual women kissing feels like blackface.

    • JJ

      I read the script in December.

      Don’t worry, it’s not gratuitous, and, amazingly, it’s very, very important to the story.

    • Anne

      I had the same thought when I saw that scene, disappointment. It just feels like such an over used so called attention getter. As for those trying to defend it, why would Portman’s character suddenly make out with someone she feels threatened by?

      • Robyn

        Maybe wait until you’ve actually seen the movie before passing judgement on plot points?

  • saint of E. 69th st

    nice hook-up between two of hottest actresses around hope that scene last awhile be there day one

    • K

      I get your point Via after reading this comment.

      • Via

        Exactly, thanks.

      • paige

        lol classic!

      • Quirky

        There will always be people that look at the Venus De Milo and admire the amazing craftmanship and then there will be people that look at it and only think “Hey, nice boobs”

  • Adam

    I don’t know what I was expecting, but I’m less excited after watching the trailer.

    • veronica romm

      I agree. looks like it might not be able to not be ridiculous.

  • McCoy

    I still haven’t forgiven Aronofsky for “The Fountain” so I will reserve judgement until I see the whole film.

    • RyanK

      This combined with the Wrestler will hopefully be enough to forgive and forget.

    • Rashy

      The Fountain was the most beautiful.A true visual metaphysical tale of love and overcoming death. Wake the F up!

      • jcs

        don’t be pretentious, rashy, the fountain was not how you remember.

    • Felicia

      Still haven’t forgiven him? Really? A director made a movie you didn’t like so you have to “forgive” him? I’m sure he is losing sleep over it.

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