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Black Swan

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

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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Black Swan

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz
Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Barbra Hershey,
Review By: Griff

Wow, not what I expected. Black Swan is more of a psychological horror film then anything else. The movie plays out like a nightmare that you can’t wake up from. This movie reminded me of some early Polanski films like, Rosemary’s Baby or Repulsion. (both excellent films if you have not seen them.)

Natalie Portman plays Nina, a ballerina who finally gets her big break dancing the lead in Swan Lake. Everything  isn’t as rosy as it seems however, and we quickly learn that the stress and the pressure are taking their toll on Nina’s mental state.

Along the way she is tortured by her overly demeaning director Thomas (played by an exceptional Vincent Cassel.), her overbearing mother (Barbra Hershey), and a newcomer who is anxious to take her spot (Mila Kunis). These characters press on Nina’s fragile psyche until she literally cracks before our eyes.

Everything about this film makes you feel uneasy. From the cinematography to the music to the acting. It all comes together to create a dark, brooding, atmosphere that makes you feel like you are descending into the darkness with Nina.

Natalie Portman is definitely the stand out here and her oscar is well deserved but the entire cast is terrific. I thought Vincent Cassel was a standout and Winona Ryder put together a nice performance as the veteran dancer who is being forced into early retirement.

This movie should not be missed. Don’t let the ballet theme here throw you off. It is as much about ballet as Dario Argento’s classic Suspiria. Ballet is merely backdrop for what is a teriffic psychological horror film.

This one get 3 guys from me.

Black Swan

Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz

Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel

Reviewed by: Scotty

Black Swan is a perfect mix of beauty and horror; a visually stunning and emotional journey between the black and white, the good and bad, and the structured and chaotic.

Nina(Natalie Portman) has finally landed the role of her life after many years of  blood, sweat and tears in a New York Ballet Company, the lead role in a new rendition of Swan Lake.  Nina has what it takes to be the white swan but has to journey into a world she knows little of to become the white swan’s alter ego, the black swan.

There is competition from new dancer Lily (Mila Kunis) who seems to have the black swan down to a science and is very natural being dark. The overwhelming pressure from Nina’s instructor Thomas(Vincent Cassel) and her overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey) has put strain on Nina as she tries for perfection.

This movie is sexual and as you watch this movie there are points in which you feel uneasy.  Portman and Kunis are perfect counterparts in this twisted, surreal journey and the scenes when they are together are uncomfortable in the best way possible.  Hershey is great as the overbearing mother and is involved in one of the most “anti-climactic” moments in the film.

Arnofsky delivered the goods in this film, his directing was perfect.  The cast was perfectly selected and I cannot overstate Portman’s job as Nina, she was great. Add Kunis, Hershey and Cassel and you have a great movie.  I give it 3 guys, easy.

Black Swan

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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