Make no mistake and don’t be surprised: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a horror film. The marketing materials hint at this fact, but once you see it (and you should), you’ll realize that the film is much darker and scarier than some of those commercials let on. This clip certainly doesn’t lead you to believe it:
What this clip does show, however, is the budding jealousy from Natalie Portman’s determined dancer, Nina. Throughout the film, Nina faces an identity crisis and a mental/physical transformation that could be straight out from the classic films of Bryan De Palma or Roman Polanski. Black Swan is Nina’s struggle for self with a sharp, dark tone that is reminiscent of Aronofsky’s The Wrestler but is much sexier. Portman is a lock for a Best Actress Oscar nomination, and while I preferred The Wrestler, Black Swan is additional proof that Aronofsky is ready to make good on the promise of his earlier films. Black Swan is, in many ways, similar to his breakthrough feature Pi: a genre film wrapped inside an exploration of New York City melancholy.