Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Black Swan (2010)
Perfect Depiction of Mental Horror
Darren Aronofsky has created yet another mind wrenching and horrifying film. Black Swan is simply about Nina, a ballet dancer, who aims to be perfect in everything she does in ballet. She wins the role to play the Swan Queen in the company's adaptation of Swan Lake. The films deals with her psychological struggles in becoming perfect and staying ahead of her 'rival.'
Black Swan is a musical, visual, and artistic success. Clint Mansell's adaption of the original Swan Lake music by Tchaikovsky really holds this story together as well as creates emotional tension. Every movie that Aronofsky and Mansell create together truly deserves huge recognition.
The overall ambiance and feel of this film just gives me the chills. The acting by Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel is superb. The combination of their portrayal of their characters and the music, creates one heck of a story, very similar to Aronofsky's Requiem For A Dream. The other similar element between the two films is that I couldn't stop thinking about each movie the entire rest of the day that saw them.
The only thing the film could do less with is there were so many interactions with people's crotches and that sort of thing.
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Michael Radford's Nineteen Eighty-Four is an adaptation of George Orwell's classic, 1984. It takes place in the future in "Oceania," a society controlled through people's thoughts, or at least most of them. The main character, Winston Smith (John Hurt) lives his everyday life constantly battling over the fact that he knows what reality is in his mind compared to what the Party says it is.
The film starts off surprisingly precise to George Orwell's book. The visual aspects of this film are so accurate and they look almost identical the manner that I pictured myself when reading the book. However, This film rushes through the storyline, leaving out many crucial scenes and patterns.
Orwell intended this story to be battle of Winston and his mind. The most important aspect of the original book is Winston's thought life and how he commits thought crime on a day to day basis, going on unnoticed by the telescreens. Michael Radford's interpretation has very minimal dialog of Winston's thoughts.
This film also does not introduce characters and ideas efficiently. For example, The film gives no introduction of the overall lifestyle and society of Oceania. It just jumps right in assuming everyone has read the book. Another is the mental portrayal of Big Brother. All you see is his posters and telescreens, you don't get a proper explanation of his purpose and intentions. This list of neglected scenes goes on and on. Winston's fear of rats, the scene where Winston brings Julia to O'Brien's and they make an oath to do whatever it takes to fight against the party, and the scene of the three inner party members who get arrested in the Chestnut Tree Cafe were either not properly demonstrated or not shown at all.
With all my negative views, there were some positive ones. I thought the best depictions from the book are the "2 minutes hate" scenes, with everyone screaming and stammering. I was also agreed with the affair scenes in the upper room of Mr. Charrington's shop.
If you have never read the book, you will be utterly confused and upset. If you have read it, you will just be disappointed. The whole idea of the story centers around Winston's thoughts, while this adaption of the book has very few if his thoughts. It's almost as if Radford copied the book directly to screenplay, leaving out all the thoughts and emotions. To do justice for Orwell's masterpiece, this film would have to be made into 2 whole parts.