The Red Shoes 1948
This movie is a real feast for the eyes. It is visually stunning with the sets, costumes, make-up, colors used, but most specially, all the dances are phenomenal.
It may just be my most favorite dance movie so far!
The film is basically about dance, passion, love and jealousy, and the red shoes. I actually believe the movie should be 3 hours long (and I wouldn’t mind at all). Only because I feel like one of the film’s down side is that the characters weren’t able to progress, grow or build-up properly, specially the romances because that’s quite essential in the movie. But even though this is the case, I actually fell in love with the characters and how their stories intertwine.
This is a movie about ballet that actually showcases real ballet. 60 years after its release and it’s still such a beautiful movie.
A great classic. Must-see.
4.5 out of 5
Chaplin Really is a Skinny Ballet Dancer
A skinny Charlie being all cute and coy in The Cure (1917)
“To the moon and back” - The Black Swan movie
For my birthday, my bestfriend gave me a free pass to the advanced screening of Black Swan in Glorietta 4. He knows that I’ve been waiting for this movie since October last year, and he knows that it’s just the perfect gift for me.
So we watched it!
I knew that it was going to be a psychological film that revolved around Natalie Portman’s character who is part of a ballet company that chose her to play the Swan Queen..and that she’s having conflicts with portraying the Black Swan. That’s as far as I know. And it was a struggle to know no more before I watch the film!
(this is my ticket..gondoh noh!! ticket yan!! XD)
So what’s Black Swan’s story? See for yourself.
The movie was a wonderful ride! It was a movie about some sort of madness and insanity that made me feel like I am going insane after I watched the movie. It’s a film wherein we see the character’s situation slowly but viciously descend into someplace deeper within her and transform into something very dangerous and destructive, and then you started second guessing the events happening - unsure yourself what’s real and what isn’t, and then a climactic event that leaves you agog like a lot of other scenes in the film, and then before you know it, the credits are rolling.
It took me a minute to realize that the movie’s done, and caught myself lost in someplace I never knew existed. Then I closed my mouth and relaxed my hands.
I walked out of the cinema distured in the most beautiful of ways. Left breathless and wanting more.
The story is woven as so that it came out as a masterpiece, like a beautiful piece of Tchaikovsky’s symphony, or an exquisite painting, or a beautiful piece of ancient artifact. It was such a treat artistically and aesthetically. But aside from the story’s wondrous beauty, it was also intelligent. Very intelligent that they managed to deliver something disturbing in a very elegant fashion. Very intelligent that the director and writers did not felt the need to allot a scene in the movie that would explain the whole thing.
Portman and Kunis prepared themselves to the bone for this movie and it payed off. The casting was perfect and the acting was brilliant. I really do have to commend Natalie Portman, specially with her struggle in portraying the White Swan and the Black Swan and the beautiful and evident transformation she achieved during her performance. I wanted to be the Black Swan after I watched her finally be the Black Swan. The beautiful shift from being fragile and innocent into something strong and dangerous is lovely. Watching these actors dance is such an incredible experience.
The cinematography was beautiful. Every shot enhanced every scene to its fullest potential, doubling the fear, creepiness and beauty of the movie. The subtle implications of Nina’s transformation was just incredibly clever, the effects wonderful, the editing brilliant, the costume and make-up fabulous, the music fantastic. Everything.
This movie reminded me of Fight Club ’cause of the context maybe.
It’s a fantastic film.
I knew that it was worth waiting for and so I did.
Good things come to those who wait.
If you haven’t watched it yet, please do watch it - in a cinema. This is one of those type of movies that you just have to spend more on just to watch instead of watching it in some pirated copy - give that to the awful films that’s being produced lately.
It was a masterpiece. And the only justice you could give its beauty is to watch it.
I’m giving it a 5 out of 5 with a standing O and a tear at the corner of my eyes.