Movie Info: IMDb
Rating: 8.0/10 from 525,537
Genres: Drama | Thriller
Language: English | French | Italian
Release Date: 17 December 2010 (USA)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Mark Heyman (screenplay), Andres Heinz (screenplay) (as Andrés Heinz).
Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
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.
Reviews: I will not give away any spoilers so as not to possibly ruin the experience for anyone, but I can say that this movie left me shaking when it was over. What did I just see? I know I was caught up and went for the entire ride from the opening scene till the very end. The reaction of the audience was evident as the end credits came. NO ONE left their seats. They sat and applauded loudly the names as they scrolled up, then upon the very last credit on the screen, they applauded loudly again.
It’s a brilliant piece of film making and story telling and acting. “Black Swan”, as well as “The King’s Speech”, will DOMINATE at the 2011 Oscars and Golden Globes and whatever other films awards show there is… AND deservedly so.
I am anxious to see the film again right away with friends, but will actually wait to continue to savor the feeling the initial viewing of the film still illicit in me. It was a thrilling time and I am looking forward to seeing just how successful this film will become and what my friends and family will say.