Black Swan” follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice.
But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila 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 with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. via
Portman gives a magnificent Academy Award-worthy performance with this movie. Shy, inhibited, uncertain, she barely raises her voice throughout the movie.Her role as the lead ballerina illustrates every inch of stressful depth life of ballerinas goes through to earn a coveted role in their company. The dancing is beautiful. Portman really deserves some props considering how amazing she looks after only one year of intense dance. Definitely she is a strong contender for an Oscar this year, in what may be one of the defining roles of her career. She is absolutely brilliant in the film.
The only bad part of this movie is that it has elements that are too much for some people to enjoy. Layer upon layers of metaphors and symbolism that tear through this movie and so much of it may go unnoticed or overwhelm.
Some critics have described this movie to that of “The Wrestler" in that the pressures of the craft can affect you in so many ways. I wont tell you what happens to Portman at the end of the movie but I will tell you that this movie deserve a home run. 9 out 0f 10:)
Overall the film is dark, violent, and intensely sexual but all with reason. Every single frame of Black Swan echoes the theme of the destructiveness of the artistic process and proves that Darren Aronofsky in his thrilling story about a woman seeking perfection has found it himself.