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August 20, 2009 - Black Swan / script review

Scooped on Thursday, August 20, 2009

The ScriptShadow website has posted a positive review of the Black Swan screenplay. Reviewer Carson Reeves comes right out and says that he likes the screenplay for a personal reason: in the movie, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' characters have sex. Here's Carson:

"Yeah. You read that right. And not just nice sweet innocent sex either. We're talking ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex. Yeah so...this movie is already on the must-see list of 2010. But how good is it? Does the story that surrounds the sex disappoint or excel?

"Black Swan is a very intriguing story with a quiet slow burn. So slow, in fact, that I nearly lost interest halfway through it. Heyman focuses on the tiniest of things. The way shoes sound as they click against the pavement. The way a slight breeze tussles at your hair. You know how as film evolved, we've been encouraged to cut out all the meaningless stuff? For example, instead of showing a character walk from their house to the train, we should just cut to the train? Yeah, Heyman doesn't do that. If someone needs to walk somewhere, we walk with them. And after awhile, it really begins to test your patience. And if you're looking for the culprit in the 131 page screenplay length, that's where you'll find him. But it's pretty clear these are the moments Aronofsky is interested in in Black Swan. He wants you living every second of this character's life, lulling you into a sense of security so that you get used to the mundane. That way when the extraordinary happens, it slams into you like an SUV."

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