A psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream). Follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman in an Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance.... More
When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina takes centre stage. But there's competition: new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis). Swan Lake requires a dancer to play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As they expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina gets in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.Hide
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Darren Aronofsky cements his place as one of the most exciting directors working in Hollywood, with this audacious psychological thriller. Using the closeted world of ballet as a stage for paranoia and delusion, Black Swan is a hallucinatory escapade into the repressed mind of a young dancer struggling to achieve artistic perfection.... More
Aronofsky continues his naturalistic verite camerawork from The Wrestler, although this time the world is nightmarish and off-kilter, aided by ominous sound design and a colour palette that largely sticks to black and white with the occasional touch of pink – note the frilly decorations and stuffed toys in Nina (Portman)’s childlike bedroom. The claustrophobic, tense experience cribs generously from early Polanski, especially the sexually-charged Repulsion.
As young ballerina Nina Sayers, Natalie Portman offers a career-best performance, portraying her character as a naïve and sheltered loser, unpopular amongst her catty peers and lacking in confidence. The entire film plays out through her eyes and we never leave her headspace – her confusion becomes ours. The supporting characters either attempt to subdue her sexual potential (Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey) or bait it (Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis).
Black Swan is a theatrical experience. Often thrillingly close to the ridiculous, Aronofsky wants us to buy into the fun. He’s not taking it too seriously. Climactic moments may induce nervous sniggering from audiences but such grandiose camp makes for a flamboyant and vivid contemporary classic.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
Look at that, a whole 'Black Swan' review and I didn't even mention the pervy scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis... Oh! Wait a minute... Dowh!!!Hide
BY JayC4Shaw superstar
I'm telling you right now - If your one who doesn't like to see "into" a movie or behind the upfront intentions of what the director is showing you, you will HATE this movie.
The story behind the story drawing glimpses of her past and hints of her future are trully encaptivating. I loved it.
Very awesome and grand! beautiful dancing really. And very very beautiful story. Loved it!!!
BY Jenna-Burlace wannabe
Although the acting performances were brilliant I thought the storyline left something to be desired. There was little character development (the lead character starts off unlikeable and a little unhinged and gets more so in both regards) - I found it impossible to empathise with any of the characters.
The story was also fairly predictable - there were no big surprises - and I found the symbolism a bit "film school" - obvious and not very well developed.
BY Gambit70 grader
Self indulgent and tedious.
Natalie's acting was actually pretty good, and Mila was ok too. So what was the problem?
The movie does keep you watching... trying to figure out what how much is real and how much is in the poor girl's head.. but ultimately the movie is just plain unsatisfying.
At the end I was torn between "WTF?" and "I just don't care"
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