Regular as a clockwork digestive system full of Branflakes, it’s our weekly cheat sheet! This week, we thought we’d give you a leg up for all those inevitable discussions about Black Swan with some insider info on our absolute favourite Queen of Naboo: it’s Natalie Portman.
Based on the wildly successful Beverly Cleary books of the 1980s and 90s, Ramona and Beezus looks like another saccharine romp starring a slightly overdeveloped High School Musical-esque tween and a nauseating pseudo-Matilda brat. Happily, in this case appearances are deceiving – novice director Elizabeth Allen provides a skilfully updated treat for children and nominated supervisory adults alike.
A dark, ambitious re-imagining of Swan Lake, with the classic ballet itself handily packed inside like an instructional Russian doll, Black Swan is visually and psychologically mesmerising. A master of suspense, Aronofsky’s sumptuous direction ensures that we never lose concentration for a moment – which, actually, may be just as well. For all its beauty, upon closer inspection it may be that there’s less originality present in Black Swan than the reviews would have us believe. But does it matter? Probably not.
The director of The Wrestler and Requiem For A Dream is back, with what looks like another dose of gorgeously tense surrealism. Darren Aronofsky teams Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in Black Swan; a tale of two dancers competing for the same part in Swan Lake.