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Black Swan

Black Swan Review

Natalie Portman stars as Nina Sayers, a schizophrenic ballerina who has been awarded the role of the White Swan for the play her studio is putting on (an adaption of the classic ‘Swan Lake’). Being the White Swan is not enough however, as her dream is to be both parts. As the night of the play looms, stress begins to weigh down on the girl and she becomes increasingly paranoid about different things around her (the main thing being that she’s convinced another ballerina is trying to steal the role of the Black Swan away from her).

I went into the theater with moderate expectations. The trailer was very intriguing and looked to be in the vein of David Lynch’s classic ‘Eraserhead’. One thing that had always gotten to me though was that whenever I had extremely high hopes for something, I was usually left disappointed on some level. And when my expectations weren’t high and I was willing to accept the film the way it was, I was usually pleased on some level. So as to not to make the mistake again, I went to see Black Swan with the hope that it would at least be an entertaining time-waster. When I walked out, I was extremely surprised. Not only was it a masterpiece in and of itself, it was easily the best film of the year, if not the best film of the last [b]few[/b] years. To say it was above-average is a severe understatement.

As a matter of fact, everything was stellar. On the topic of the acting – Natalie Portman nailed the role as an emotionally fragile young woman on the verge of complete mental destruction, and another who was just as exceptional was Vincent Cassel, who potrayed Nina’s deviant ballet instructor who uses sexuality and seduction to influence his students. Moving on to the choreography – the lighting was dark which helped give the film it’s grim/sinister atmosphere. every shot with the camera was graceful and beautifully composed. In fact, during many of the dancing scenes, you’re so immersed you feel like the camera itself has become a dancer, waltzing around the characters.

All in all, a fantastic accomplishment. For me, it’s tied with Inception as the best film of 2010.

By Matt Romano