Black Swan will not entertain everyone. But anyone with an ounce of appreciation for intelligent, innovative and ground-breaking filmwork will not be able to leave the cinema and tell their friends they just sat through a rubbish flick.
I’m just not sure I really enjoyed it and I’m certain I’d never watch it again. But it’s undeniably brilliant.
The extraordinary production, script and story is quite perfectly synchronised with an extraordinary performance from Natalie Portman. She bends and twists herself into every shape that the role pushes her into, showing true flexibility and dynamic range that the world had been tipped she was capable of.
The complex performance is that of a professional ballerina from the New York City ballet company who has trained diligently, tirelessly and obsessively to play the dual role of the White/Black Swan. Her manipulative and pressuring coach (Vincent Cassel) grants her the role on the condition that she discovers her dark side for the Black Swan. Natalie Portman disappeared alongside a solid casting crew, leaving her character Nina Sayers to take stage and envelope the audience into her splintered and slowly breaking mind.
People who write reviews like to exaggerate in order to leave a memorable mark in the readers mind. But when I say that her performance is one of the best that I have ever seen, I say it as a realist.
On the note of the cast, Mila Kunis is who plays a competitor for the role of Black Swan proves she can stand opposite an actress at the very pinnacle of her career and look strong, comfortable and damn good doing it.
Black Swan is dark, often disturbing and frequently jumpy. For those who are of the opinion that pointless movies win Oscars, then the power of the film will likely only shock you – nothing more.
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