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Black Swan


Jeff Nelson

Black Swan is clearly one of the best films of the year and is highly recommended.

Black Swan
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When trailers are released, they are meant to simply notify moviegoers of films and spread hype for the film. Many movies expose the best moments of the film or flat out tell us the ending. Luckily, that's not the case for Black Swan. The best stuff is saved for the actual full length feature. Thankfully.

Nina is an ambitious New York City ballet dancer that lands a key role in "Swan Lake", but soon finds her dreams of stardom threatened by rival ballerina Lilly. As the rivalry between the dancer intensifies, Nina's obsession descends into paranoia and more. I wish that there was more I could say, but if I say too much more about the plot it would ruin the film. It's unbelievably well-written. The film begins on ballet, but it's much more of an intense character study rather than about ballet. As the film continues, it gets stranger and entraps the audience in Nina's world. This is an example of a movie that grabs hold of you and never lets go until the credits.

A large factor that originally drew many to this film was the cast. Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and Winona Ryder. The acting is some of the best you'll ever see. Natalie Portman clearly steals the show and puts on an unforgettable performance. With every line of dialogue and with every action she makes, it's perfection. It never feels like we're watching Natalie Portman, but always feels like we're watching Nina. Mila Kunis is a fantastic choice to cast alongside Portman. She fits into the role of the rival very well and communicates with Natalie Portman extremely well. Winona Ryder performs as Beth MacIntrye, the retiring ballerina. She's not in the film very much, but does a phenomenal job when she's on screen. Vincent Cassel is Thomas Leroy and does undeniably well.

The entire film surprised me, however the way it was shot will blow everyone away. There are hundreds of words I can use for this film and one of those is beautiful. Cinematography is absolutely stunning. Darren Aronofsky doesn't disappoint in the slightest with camera work. He is able to make something as simple as Nina dancing ballet into an extremely tense moment. This film is exceedingly well shot that will keep you glued to the screen in amazement.

The best advice I can give moviegoers is to believe the hype for Black Swan. This is staggering filmmaking. However, it's not for mainstream audiences as it's extremely artsy and not everyone will appreciate the character-built pacing. Natalie Portman will show she's one of the best at what she does. Portman absolutely deserves an Oscar for this role. The entire supporting cast is excellent, as well. Visuals are breathtaking and the script definitely went the correct route. A lot of male audiences will be attracted to the film due to the steamy sex scene between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. This film is very sexual throughout and shows it all very artistically. Darren Aronofsky hasn't let us down and gives us yet another incredible piece of cinema. Black Swan is clearly one of the best films of the year and is highly recommended.

My Rating = Four and One Half Stars

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