Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Black Swan was one of the best movies I have seen in a while. The psychological thriller revolves around a prestigious New York dance company’s production of “Swan Lake”, in which Nina (Natalie Portman) gains the lead role of the both the white & black swan. She struggles with the fact that she’s naturally fitted to play the white swan and the black swan is more the personality of a fellow dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis). Without saying too much, there is a struggle of sorts between the two dancers and Nina drives herself to the point of insanity. Black Swan definitely exhibits Portman at the top of her game.
The wardrobe, makeup, cinematography, music, all of it was very well done. The costumes were immaculate. Natalie Portman is simply flawless. The opening scene hooked me instantly. In my opinion, if you did not like the movie, you just did not understand it. Aronofsky sticks to what he does best and makes you feel totally uncomfortable in your seat at times with the close up images of bloody feet masked by ballet slippers, fingernails being cut, and the dancers arms and bodies in motion. This movie perfectly illustrates a dancers’ internal endeavor to exude perfection and exquisitely captures the journey and hard work of the character becoming the Black Swan. I would advise you to not try to figure out what is going on, just merely pay attention. It is so masterfully written, shot and edited that there is very little room to wander off from what is playing on the screen, anyway. If you have seen it, interpretations and feed back are more than welcome! Hope you enjoy.