The One Movie You Should See This Week (12/2/10)

by Scott Von Doviak

Ballet movies don’t usually flip my tutu, but there’s reason to believe this one is weird and wild enough to entertain someone who wouldn’t know “Swan Lake” from Lake Erie. Pundits are already sounding the Oscar alarms for Natalie Portman‘s performance as a ballerina whose shot at the lead role as the Swan Queen is threatened by her understudy Mila Kunis (as well as her own mental instability). It’s a little All About Eve, a little Single White Female, and maybe even a little of David Cronenberg‘s The Fly, judging from that shot in the trailer of Portman sprouting black feathers. Director Darren Aronofsky can be unbearable when using his brand of visual pyrotechnics to jackhammer an obvious message into smithereens — I still think Requiem for a Dream is the most overrated after-school special ever made — but I am curious to see what he can do with an offbeat psychological thriller like this. Plus: Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis making out! That’s good cinema right there.

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