“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.

Why does everybody always make such a big deal about story? Who says that every film has to be so say “dramatic”? Just because a bunch of Greeks decreed it thousands of years ago, and yes, that is thousands of years ago.

I mean for heaven’s sake,  when they were devising their laws for drama, what they had in mind was a bunch of guys in togas running around half-built theatres on a hill in the middle of nowhere. How on earth is that going to be relevant today, when we expect to see things is glorious 3D and in fabulous 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound? Things moved on a bit since then you know.

And what’s the big deal about drama anyway? I don’t actual enjoy being perched forever on the edge of my seat, wondering what’s going to happen next. Who needs that kind of stress? Sometimes it’s nice to be able to sit back and actually enjoy a film, without necessarily being so transfixed by what’s happening up there that you can’t take your eyes off the screen.

That was then, but this is now...

That was then, but this is now…

Which is what makes Black Swan so marvellously refreshing. There’s no drama in it whatsoever, because brilliantly, they decided to dispense with story entirely. And I for one say Bravo! Instead, what they give you is a succession of mindlessly beautiful pictures that bare absolutely no relationship to one another at all, not being bound by the traditional glue that is narrative drive.

So instead of having to worry your pretty little head about what may or may not happen to any of the characters up there on the screen, you’re free to lie back and relax. And before you know it, your mind will have wondered off and your thoughts will be miles away. It was the best two hours I’ve spent at the cinema in years. Thank you.




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