If you hadn't heard the Oscar buzz around this film you either live under a rock or have no interest in movies. The other day my friends and I searched out a screening in English with no idea what to expect. After the credits rolled our opinions were divided (GA hated it saying that he enjoyed 'happy' films only) but it was probably one of the best films I've seen in a while.
Now I'm no expert but I thought a lot of it was extremely well done. The camera work was not really like anything I've seen, frequently staying close to the character's faces in an almost claustrophobic manner, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout.
I read somewhere that Natalie Portman (who won Best Actress last night) and Mila Kunis had to train for six months, five hours a day and it shows. Despite being sickeningly skinny it was strange seeing actresses who we know dancing en pointe with ease. One of my friends even said in shock 'Oh was that Natalie Portman? I thought it was just a random ballet dancer!'
The storyline was also clever and tight and it takes some working out in your head afterwards. It would have been interesting to see the result if Darren Aronofsky hadn't strayed from reality at various points in the film but these nevertheless punctuated the main character's state of mind and were downright chilling. Labelled as a companion film to 'The Wrestler' I will definitely be checking that out too. Oh and not to forget the lesbian sex scene which was surprisingly really hot!