Black Swan (2010) Movie Review

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Black Swan (2010)

2010 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
108 minutes / 1h 48min

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Black Swan Plot Synopsis:

Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Black Swan (2010) Review

Black Swan (2010) is an American psychological drama thriller-horror film that had an estimated budget of $13 million and grossed over $329.4 million at the box office. Director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream (2000), Pi (1998), The Fountain (2006)) did a phenomenal job executing this masterpiece that has conflicting feelings. The film was filmed in several locations in New York, USA and contains strong sexual content with no nudity, disturbing violent images that made me watch away several times, bad language and drug use.

Black Swans revolve around a production company giving ballerina dancer Nina the task of playing the White Swan, who is supposed to be innocent and fragile and the Black Swan, who is reflected as being dark and sensual. Nina thought she had the part until she learns that she is competing against Lily, who is new and now her rival. Nina cannot help but feel pressured which resulted in her losing herself and a grip on reality. The movie began by introducing us to Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen (Natalie Portman - V for Vendetta (2005), Leon: The Professional (1994), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)) who is a professional ballet dancer in a New York company. Nina lives with her mother, Erica/The Queen (Barbara Hershey - Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Falling Down (1993), Insidious (2010)) who is more than overprotective.

The ballet company that Nina is with intends on opening the season with Swan Lake and the director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel - Shrek (2001), La Haine (1995), Irreversible (2002)) is in search of a new ballerina. He needs a ballerina that can play the White Swan and the Black Swan. Nina triumphs the part of the White Swan but cannot portray the role of the Black Swan correctly. Things quickly got strange after Thomas forcibly kissed Nina resulting in her biting him. She then began experiencing strange things happening including scratches, blood on her back/body which she has no idea about. Skip Forward and we see Nina started hallucinating awful things, and her hallucinations worsen as time passes. The movie progresses to show us how Nina grew into her madness and what it caused her to do, it was sad and beautiful at the same time.

Black Swan was an intense, wildly melodramatic, exhilarating, passionate movie that was filled with creepiness gleaming with an excellent dark look and it was nothing but disturbing at the same time while being mesmerizing. Confused? I was because I had so many conflicting feeling towards the movie while seeing it. Black Swan was a phenomenal psychological ride that let us see what Nina was dealing with and how she slowly lost her mind letting the movie build into a gloriously tragic finale for Nina as she tries to deliver the perfect performance. The movie was visually gorgeously shot with impressive choreography but with all said, the ballet storyline was a cliche that was beautifully done to stand out from the rest of its kind. I gave the movie a nine because it was more than I expected it to be and it was just breathtaking at times and then disturbing, and it is a true horror movie. Every element was blended seamlessly.

  • Black Swan Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 8.44
  • IMDB: 8.0
  • MetaCritic: 7.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.5

About Black Swan 2010

Title: Black Swan
Year: 2010
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 4.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 4.22/5 stars from 627,817 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 627,817 MPAA Rating: R
Black Swan Cast Starring: Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Mark Margolis, Sebastian Stan, Barbara Hershey, Toby Hemingway, Chris Gartin, Mila Kunis, Andrew Daly, Stanley B. Herman, Anne Bergstedt, Shaun O'Hagan, Deborah Offner, Vincent Cassel, Leslie Lyles, Kristina Anapau, John Epperson, Tim Lacatena, Anne Bergstedt Jordanova, Abraham Aronofsky, Patrick Heusinger, Kaia A. Tack, Geneviève Lebean, Charlotte Aronofsky, Marina Stavitskaya, Lauren Fadeley, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Olga Kostritzky, Sarah Hay, Christine Redpath
Black Swan Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
Black Swan Director: Darren Aronofsky
Box Office: $106,952,327
Production: Fox Searchlight
Language: English, French, Italian
Country: USA