Jim Carrey has always been a brilliant, fearless physical comedian, but he's rarely been funnier than in the spot-on parody of "Black Swan" on "Saturday Night Live." The whole skit is uproarious. That includes Bill Hader's declaration that he loves to be seduced as the "world's only straight French choreographer" and Nasim Pedrad's pouty, prissy spin on Natalie Portman's baby-like ballerina Nina, who must locate her inner sexual outlaw in order to play both the White Swan and Black Swan in "Swan Lake."
But it's Carrey who brings down the house with his version of Mila Kunis' free spirit Lily -- complete with Buffalo chicken-wing tattoos on his shoulder blades. Even "Black Swan"-lovers should find it terrific fun to see Carrey, in his tights and tutu, tearing it up with slapstick gusto and precision. Carrey here is comparable to Bugs Bunny romping through Liszt in "Rhapsody Rabbit." For my taste, there's more original movement and surging rhythm in Carrey's low-comic routine than in the fragmented, hyper-melodramatic ballet bits in "Black Swan."
By the way, I appear to have satisfied the prediction of my old Rolling Stone colleague Steve Pond, now the Oscar columnist at The Wrap, that it's a love-it-or-hate-it film; for his take on my take, click here.