Black Swan - A film by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell. Based off the story of Swan Lake, this film tells the disturbing tale of how a young girl, struggles with her identity as a person when she wins the lead in the performance of "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but as time goes on, she slowly loses her mind and becomes twisted and delousinal.
Welcome to my latetest update, Today I'm reviewing 'Black Swan' which is based of the famous ballet 'Swan Lake'. It stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassell, all of which are very familiar names in the film media today, I am sure of.
Black Swan, for like 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' is a very graphic drama, and you have to be in the mood to watch it. Some films you can watch, and enjoy it, however with Black Swan I've always thought it to be one of those films, where you need to sit down and watch it properly. Otherwise I'm not otherwise engaged in it as one would hope to be.
With that thought in mind, when you do watch it fully, It's really good. It's very well acted, very well executed piece of drama for which has been set up purely for entertainment purposes, very well directed, the plot works really well, it's not that difficult to understand if your following it properly.
I do think that Black Swan, has had an effect on me since I've watched it, you do have to watch it a few times to get everything out of it. I always find with films like that, though you understand what's going on in the story, and you can follow the plot, there will be one or two things you've missed, without the viewer knowing it. It's best to watch it twice or three times, after you've veiwed it, as I belive it to help your understanding of it.
The Storyline of Black Swan, entails that of the character of a girl called Nina (Portman) who is a ballerina lives in New York with her mother - who was a former ballerina, and she studies at s ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with the art of dance.
When the exciting news, comes from artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Wionna Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is ready to her throw of the dice, and go for the role of both white and black swan. But Nina has competition on her hands: a new, prettier and more elegant dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy, just as well.
With Swan Lake requiring a dancer who can both play the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents darkness and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily comes to mind as the personification for the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand and rival eachother further into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her darker side - a feeling that threatens to destroy her.
Here's a clip from Black Swan.
As you can tell, watching certain scenes again, after seeing the ending, makes it clear to the viewer just how messed up Nina was. And Natalie Portman gets the gold star for this film for me, she was brilliant, every scene she dilivered, and she really convinced you that she was something more, than an innocent girl turned bad, she was a character corrupted by the whole Swam story, and it only makes sense, should you watch the film in full.
The Director Darren Aronofsky, did a very good job also, very persoverant in his camera angles, really awsome stuff from him, he was an adiquite choice to embrace the challenges, that this film had, and I belive he pulled them off very well.
Overall, Black Swan, really is a film that I leave up to you, the viewer as to what you think of it, me personally, I think once your devoted to the plot, and you get into it, it clicks, and is a very good film.
I will give it a score of 8 marks out of 10.
Thank you for reading this review, I hope you found, useful as well as entertaining.
NEXT TIME : I'll review 'Pulp Fiction'.
I will post that review on Saturday the 31st of August 2013.