Black Swan (2010)

I’m still VERY behind but today I’m going to do as many reviews as I can! (My ‘to review’ list is now 11 titles long… woops)

Black Swan (2010)
 Dir. Darren Aronofsky
 Writ. Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz
 Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
 Rated R
 108 mins.
 Drama, Thriller, Dance
 IMDB: 8.0

We all know by now how I feel about Natalie Portman (as in, please can I be your wife?!) so it’s not a shocker for you to hear me say this, but Natalie Portman is absolutely PHENOMENAL in this movie. Her acting is incredible. Everything about her is perfect in this movie. Every facial expression, every line delivered, even every gross little knob of her ballerina-skinny spine is perfectly presented in this movie. It’s no wonder that she won the Oscar for her performance of Nina Sayers.

Another thing I love is ballet, and particularly, Swan Lake. I adore it, so adding Natalie Portman and bisexual fantasies in a psychological thriller basically makes Black Swan the ultimate movie. It helps that, on top of being a great idea, it’s just a damn good movie.

Black Swan follows a ballerina named Nina Sayers, played by Natalie Portman, who dances in a New York City ballet company that is starting their new show, Swan Lake. Nina is obsessed with dance. Her whole life is devoted to ballet, just as her mother’s had been (you know, before she had Nina and went crazy pants, cause spoiler alert, her mom is creepy!). Nina wants the Swan Queen part (the lead role for the uncultured swine among us) and maybe a side of some naked fun with her director, Thomas, more than anything. And it looks like the part has her name on it, but the day that the new dance is announced, an interloper shows up. Nina becomes obsessively convinced that Lily, the new girl transferred from San Francisco, is after her part and out to get her.

I cannot stress enough how awesome Black Swan is. The whole movie is unsettling. It’s shot with a lot of unsteady follow-motion that makes you aware from the start that you’re in for a hell of a ride. The whole movie is a giant mindfuck. You spend the whole time wondering what’s real and what’s not and it’s all 100% incredible. Mila Kunis is great at her ‘bad girl corrupting the good girl’ role in this one, and you totally spend the whole movie not sure of who she even is because of how well she acts between the different ‘versions’ of Lily. She and Natalie Portman just really blow minds here.

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this movie. It doesn’t require any knowledge or love for ballet to love a movie that basically is a meta re-telling of Swan Lake. It’s absolutely wonderful.

My Rating: 9/10

About J. Chelsea Williford

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