Black Swan (2010)
Critic Consensus: Bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, Black Swan glides on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction -- and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman.
|Rating:||R (for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Directed By:||Darren Aronofsky|
|Written By:||Andres Heinz, Mark Heyman, John J. McLaughlin|
|In Theaters:||Dec 3, 2010 Limited|
|On DVD:||Mar 29, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Black Swan
It's either the awesomest stupid movie or the stupidest awesome movie I've seen all year.
For all his command of adrenalized, propulsive narrative and his dazzling technical facility, Aronofsky's study in female hysteria ultimately favors frenzy over compassion or insight-and remains strictly skin-deep.
Wonderful performances and assured and audacious direction make for one of the best films of the year. Aronofsky is never afraid to take risks with the story and his unflinching direction turns out to be one of the film's greatest assets.
Black Swan offers a perfect balance between Aronofsky's more poetic works and his down-to-earth style of The Wrestler.
Director Darren Aronofsky builds an incredible atmosphere for an over-the-top story that doesn't deserve it.
Audience Reviews for Black Swan
Natalie Portman is dragged into insanity by Aronofsky in what is for sure one of the most extraordinary performances of her career, while this is a spectacular (and fantastically directed) film that dives with a lot of symbolism and incredible intensity into the psyche of a disturbed character.
This may be a movie, that in time grows on me more and more times after i watch it just to fully appreciate this movie.
It is a very intriguing and mesmerising movie all round with great performances, fantastic cinematography and great direction.
Although at first i wasn't sure if i wanted to watch this movie as it is about ballet even if it is a psychological thriller, however it truly won me over, i think Natalie Portman delivers a stunning and top of the form performance that is truly worthy of the oscar.
She certainly delivers a fantastic performance that could possibly persuade me to go and see and actual ballet production.
The storyline and script are beautifully written and is a very interesting concept that i very much enjoyed.
The story of a ballet dancer striving for perfection but also needing to find that balance between perfection and relaxing so that the emotion of the dance comes through in the dance. I liked that the story concentrated on the difficulty of striving for that perfection when competing against other determined/driven dancers. It really is a great psychological thriller that has a border line between sanity and insanity.
A very good movie and does have its moments of pure horror as well!
I loved the final scene from where the white swan turns into its opposite and becomes the black, i thought that Natalie Portman did an excellent and exhilarirating performances that i didnt think that you could actually pick on the change between the white swan who is a kind of conscientous, timid and frigid kind of character whereas the black swan is the alto ego of letting go and becoming an intense and maybe scary character and Portman gives and portrays that performance beautifully in that one dance.
Very well down and really worth the watch even if you aren't a ballet fan.
Much like Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which shows how much damage wrestling wreaks on a human body, despite it being staged, "Black Swan" exposes the emotional and physical tolls of ballet, despite it being so pretty and ladylike. Natalie Portman's performance is painful to watch - in a good way. She's painfully withdrawn, painfully giddy, painfully lithe, and painfully sensual. The masturbation scene is sexy, but it's not meant to be just that. It's guarded at first, then freeing, then painfully embarrassing. Much of the pain, I suppose, comes from the audience knowing that fit is gonna hit the shan at any moment.
Upon first viewing, I thought the movie broke its own set of supernatural rules because all throughout, we're supposed to believe that what Nina sees, feels, and does are figments of her imagination - sprouting swan wings, shanking a bitch. Nina doesn't REALLY sprout wings. Her ankles don't REALLY collapse in on themselves. She doesn't REALLY kill Lily, and as a corollary, she doesn't REALLY stab herself. No other character in the movie can see these psychotic delusions, yet the one that they do see (the bloody gash from aforementioned shanking) just happens to be caused by the only delusion that the filmmakers don't even show the audience (Nina killing herself, apparently, when she thought she was killing Lily).
However, I bought the fantasy-becoming-reality climax more this time for no real reason other than perhaps wanting a believable resolution that mirrors the sacrificial suicide in the plot of "Swan Lake."
Black Swan Quotes
|Lilly:||I can't believe he calls her that. It's so gross.|
|Nina:||I think it's sweet.|
|Lilly:||Little princess? I mean he probably calls every girl that.|
|Nina:||No way. That's just for Beth.|
|Lilly:||Well, I bet he'll be calling you little princess any day now.|
|Nina:||I don't know about that.|
|Lilly:||Oh, sure he will. Just gotta let him lick your pussy!|
|Erica Sayers/The Queen:||Take off your shirt.|
|Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan:||Me? I'm nothing. Nothing! Nothing! Nothing!!!|
|Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan:||Did you suck his cock?|
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