Subtlety may not be Darren Aronofsky's strong suit, yet his heavy handed tendencies have served him well in such features as the harrowing addiction drama Requiem for a Dream
and the heart-breaking Golden Globe winner The Wrestler
. And despite the fact that his psychological thriller Black Swan
features little of the flamboyant visual style that assaulted our eyes on the former nor the operatic emotions of the latter, it still succeeds on its own terms thanks to a compelling performance by Natalie Portman and a dark undercurrent of self-destruction that progressively seduces us courtesy of some supremely creepy, eerily graceful imagery.