Britt and I saw Black Swan last night.
The Darren Aronofsky thriller starring Natalie Portman–with costumes by Rodarte–will be released nationwide Dec. 3.
Luckily for Swarovski, Rodarte, Aronofsky, lead costume designer Amy Westcott, and pretty much everyone involved in this film, the clothes are nearly as powerful as the performances.
From Portman’s spider web rehearsal knits to a white column dress encrusted with jewels that she wears to a ballet benefit, fashion lovers will appreciate Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s touch. Outsiders will appreciate their ability to create pure beauty. What’s more, Aronofsky used the costumes more obviously than most directors do. Portman, whose character is insecure, shy, paranoid, and virginal usually wears white, grey, or pink. While Mila Kunis, whose character is loose and wild, wears plenty of black. As does Portman’s mother, played by Barbara Hershey. It’s when Portman and Hershey are in scenes together that the costumes convey the most to the audience.
As for the film? I’m not a movie critic, but this psychological melodrama is entertaining, scary, creepy, strange, and funny all at once. Portman is good. Really, really good. Her ballerina is empathetic yet frightening. This film makes you believe that she might be the most important actress of her generation.