I loved Black Swan: the dualities, the psychosis (reminiscent of Polanksi's Repulsion and several other Aronofsky films), the character development and psychology, the sexual awakenings, Clint Mansell's score, the ambiguity and elements of fantasy, the symbolism, and perhaps above all, the ballet. But while Portman trained for a year, losing twenty pounds in the process, to provide an accurate, hard-to-watch portrayal of Nina in the throws of both finding and losing herself, Portman will probably never play any role more convincing than Matilda in Leon, The Professional, when she was just 12 years old.
Ballet shoes vs. Guns? Demon eyes vs. Sunglasses? Crazy vs. Vengeful? Which is more Bad-ass? I've made my decision, have you?