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Black Swan

Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
Review By: Klash

Upon winning the coveted lead in the New York City ballet’s production of Swan Lake, ballerina Nina Sayers has finally reached the goal she has strived for years to accomplish.  A perfect fit for the role of the white swan, Nina must now prove her ability to portray the darker persona of the black swan.

Struggling with the pressures of being cast as the lead while trying to create the perfect performance, Nina also has to cope with her obsessive mother, demanding director Thomas Leroy and potential rival Lily, a seemingly perfect fit for the role of the black swan.

With opening night quickly approaching Nina soon finds herself threatened with a reality that could tear everything apart, courtesy of the black swan.

 Aronofsky does a good job of directing this film and creating an atmosphere which feels very gritty, dark and real to an extent.  As with the Wrestler, Aronofsky also does a good job in showing the struggle and pain which is endured by the main character.  That said this is a quality I found to be more noticeable in the Wrestler opposed to this film. 

The performances by Portman and Kunis were alright.  Not sure what part of Portman’s performance warranted her winning an Oscar.  Cassel fell flat in this role, the only time he made an impression was in the final scene with Portman.  Hershey on the other hand did a good job of portraying the overbearing and somewhat creepy mother. 

Over all I didn’t find anything which earned this movie all the hype it received.  The only saving grace for this film was the directing and Cinematography.

Rating: One and a half guys

 

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