Black Swan (2010) Movie Review

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2010 | R | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
108 minutes /

User Score: 76/100

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Black Swan Review


A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

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.

About Black Swan 2010

Title: Black Swan
Year: 2010
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.8/5 stars from 34 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 34
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Winona Ryder, Natalie Portman, Mark Margolis, Sebastian Stan, Barbara Hershey, Toby Hemingway, Anne Bergstedt, Chris Gartin, Mila Kunis, Andrew Daly, Stanley B. Herman, Anne Bergstedt Jordanova, Shaun O'Hagan, Deborah Offner, Vincent Cassel, Leslie Lyles, Kristina Anapau, John Epperson, Tim Lacatena, Liam Flaherty, Rachel Jambois, Tina Sloan, Ryoko Sadoshima, Meredith Miles, Abraham Aronofsky, Patrick Heusinger, Kaia A. Tack, Charlotte Aronofsky, Marina Stavitskaya, Lauren Fadeley
Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
Director: Darren Aronofsky