noah’s review published on Letterboxd:
I know I’m giving out two five star reviews in a row, but the movies that I’m watching are just so good. Black Swan is probably going to be one of my all time favorite movies. It is just soooooo good. Natalie Portman delivers what is probably one of the best performances that I’ve ever seen. Not only her, both Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis are great as well. I’m not sure how Kunis landed a role in an Aronofsky film, but I’m happy she did because she was really great. Also, despite the fact that it shares lots of similarities to Perfect Blue, I think Black Swan stands alone as it’s own thing. As someone who also loves Perfect Blue, I can say that they are pretty different. The reason Black Swan works so well is because it’s so creative. At one point in the film, all of Nina’s drawing and pictures on the wall begin to talk to her, and you just have to wonder how long it took to make that effect. Another reason this works is because everybody involved was extremely committed to it. Before filming, Natalie Portman took of year of ballet training and it obviously showed in film. Also, apparently the budget was so low that when Portman dislocated her rib while filming, they couldn't even afford a medic. It seemed like everyone working on this film was fine with a couple setbacks because they knew they were making a masterpiece. They did.