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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