Review of Ballet Movie: Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky talent as a director continues to grow with each film he makes, as his stories have gotten more accurate, more sophisticated and more visceral. I have been a follower of his films since Pi and enjoyed most of the films he's made. Black Swan is also quite enjoyable film, and I felt that this was a kind of story that needs to be told as movies come out everyday those are ultimately forgettable, but this is one that sticks with you long after viewing it. It's an extremely "adult" and dark movie when compared to all the light hearted films that most audiences seem to go for these days.

Black Swan is about a ballet dancer Nina Sayers played by Natalie Portman, who is likely to be picked for the lead role in Tchaikovsky's ballet version of the fairytale Swan Lake. She badly wants this role as her overprotective mother Erica played by Barbara Hershey has always driven her daughter towards perfection. Nina Sayers, Natalie Portman, Black Swan, movie, picture
She runs into a potential competitor, including the new girl Lily played by Mila Kunis. Nina fits the main role perfectly but she starts to think that Lily is trying to seize the role. As they expand their competition into a troubled friendship, Nina starts sinking further into her dark side, a wildness that threatens to destroy her career.

This is certainly a movie worth seeing as it is rich in references to high EU culture, absolutely wonderful music and dancing, very strong performances by all the cast involved and a kind of emotional mystery to be resolved along the way. It is in fact quite thin and undercooked from a story standpoint. The visuals can be enjoyable and there are some tense moments, the movie has a lot speaking for it.

BLACK SWAN Featurette: Natalie Portman's Training video

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