Black Swan

I have watched this movie once. This was on .

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A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile the Black Swan, daughter of an evil magician.

Review

Black Swan was a good film, something I had little doubt before watching it, as Darren Aronofsky is a brilliant visionary director, but it falls short of being his best work to date.

There are many similarities to his previous and most mainstream movie The Wrestler; the focus on a character obsessed with his/her sport/art, the some-what bleak cinematography and the physical and psychological toll the obsession brings. Although a better and more rewarding film than The Wrestler, Black Swan was less about heart and feeling and more a negative look in to what obsession can bring and the downward spiral which can ensue – much like in my favourite Aronofsky film Requiem for a Dream.

The film was praised by critics a lot before it’s UK release and I was already overly excited to experience another Aronosky film. Although the film was extremely well acted – especially by Natalie Portman, who is nominated for Best Actress in the 2011 Oscars for her role – beautifully crafted and the story was unique and edgy, especially for maintstream Hollywood, I was slightly disappointed. I just expected more – more creepiness, more psychological intrigue, more flare – but maybe I am being overly expectant.

Black Swan no doubt warrants and rewards the viewer who watches numerous times, as although the overall story and twists are well told, there are many layers which only reveal themselves through multiple viewings. A solid psychological thriller with brilliant performances, lacking something magical that other Aronofsky films possess, but will still be one of the best films of the year.