Millie has been pestering me for THREE YEARS about watching The Black Swan. Every time she brought it up, I resisted and after about 20 more minutes of pestering she moved on. I thought I was safe. Then one day, there was a knock at the door, and when I opened it, there stood a person dressed head to toe in black, wearing a ski mask, and wielding a skein of rope and a package shaped like a DVD. Before I knew it I was being gagged and tied to a chair! Horrible thoughts were swirling through my mind... kidnapping, robbery, murder... but no, it was worse. Much worse.
This mystery intruder forced me to watch The Black Swan.
Now, I should probably explain that my aversion to this movie is rooted entirely in the fact that the star is Tyrone Power. It's not that I hate him or anything, I just don't get why he was so popular. Give me Dirk Bogarde or Cliff Robertson instead ;) Anyway, I'm not his biggest fan, and I've never had any desire to watch his films. But Millie (and her cohorts, Casey and Terry) have always been convinced that The Black Swan would change my mind.
Sorry guys... you were wrong. The movie was good and I definitely enjoyed it! I liked Maureen O'Hara (except at the ending I sort of wanted to slap her) and George Sanders was amusing with his strange little beard/mustache/crazy eyebrow situation. And frankly, I love the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disney World so much that any movie about pirates will induce a happy Disney haze. I still don't like Tyrone Power, and I still don't get his appeal at all. But the movie itself? Pretty darn good!
When I was done watching the movie, the person in black untied me, took their DVD and disappeared into the night. And I could have sworn I heard a faint asthmatic evil laugh as I picked up the trail of ricola cough drops they had left on my driveway.