In spite of being a film maker, it takes a lot for me to go to the cinema. The film has to excite me, or else create so much hype that I go out of curiosity. "Black Swan" falls into the latter category, and so my (very low) expectations were exceeded.
It was good, I was riveted. The film is based on Jungian psychological concepts of projection and repression: Nina (Portman), the product of an overbearing and unfulfilled mother, sees darkness everywhere in the world because she refuses to see it within herself. If you're not into Jung, Aronofsky keeps your attention by using every shock tactic there is. Horror sound effects, mutilation, lesbian sex scenes: this film has it all. Riveting, like I said. Until about half way through when it all started to get a bit much. Aronofsky isn't exactly known for his subtly: but did he really have to make Portman start looking like the monster from "Jeepers Creepers"? I came out of the cinema feeling like I was on drugs and someone had just hit me in the face.
Nonetheless, I do think it's a film worth seeing on the big screen. It's visually beautiful, and Portman (who I've never been a fan of) gives an incredible performance, on par with any of the Hollywood greats. Give that lady the Oscar - she deserves it.