For some reason, even though it’s such a wide theme, I was having a bit of a hard time this week. I thought long and hard what kind of route I wanted to take with this topic, which angle I should have chosen and I ended up with three very similar movies – all feature artistic rivalry. More importantly, all showcase the main protagonist’s struggles not just with being the best but being the greatest version of themselves. In other words, I ended up with three movies that are pretty dark and heavy.
One of the most emotionally wrecking experiences was witnessing the rivalry between the student and the master in Whiplash. For the most part of the film we see our main protagonist aim for something that seems impossible to catch, all while his master is literally torturing him, taunting him and pushing him past his limits. But despite their indifference and the subtle tone of rivalry they share a common goal and as cruel as it may seem, one’s victory is the other’s accomplishment.
Ballet for me has always felt like the most bitter sweet art form. The movies and shows that showcase this world are always adamant to portray the ugliness in its beauty. Black Swan is no different. Finally getting her lead role, our main character will soon find herself struggling to keep up with others and mostly herself. There is a new rival in the production as well and things escalate towards the breaking point. At the end of the day though, the biggest rival for our main protagonist is not the new ballet dancer but she herself, and her need to seek perfection.
One of my all time favourite films has a very dark underdone of being the best out there. Jake Gyllenhaal takes on a persona whose intentions may be good, whose focus might be inspiring, and yet, the drive that leads this character seems more mad than normal. Filming crime and being the first on the scene, the movie shows how some men are not cut out for healthy competition and it’s not the best to end up as their rival. Plus, it’s not even safe to be on his good side either.
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