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Black Swan (DVD)
Member Name: magenta23
Black Swan (DVD)
Advantages: Convincing Dancing
Disadvantages: Everything else
Usually I'm compelled to write reviews about something that's so brilliantly amazing that I have to tell the world about it. Just occasionally though, it's for the complete opposite reason which is unfortunately the case with the much over hyped Black Swan.
For those of you who've not heard of it, it stars Natalie Portman as a ballet dancer with her heart set on the role of Swan Queen in the New York City Ballet company's new production of Swan Lake. Classed as a psychological thriller it's directed by Darren Aronofsky, and also stars Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder.
Without giving too much away the plot shows the events from Portman's character, Nina's perspective as we follow her as she fights to win and keep the role every dancer wants, coming up against obstructions from a sleazy obnoxious director, jealous cast members, her over protective mother and ultimately herself.
The film, as you would expect for a story about ballet is big, theatrical and a bit cliché. We've all heard the story before about a poor tortured ballet dancer who works so amazingly hard and is under pressure to succeed and shown the mental physical strain it takes to become a star. We've also heard the one about the pushy, and jealous parent who was once a star herself and wants to wrap her daughter in cotton wool. Sleazy coach? Check. Bitchy girls? Check.
So does this film have anything original to offer? Well, up until halfway through you'd have thought not. But then comes the psychological element of this 'thriller'? Nina starts to have hallucinations, starting with scratching at a rash on her shoulder and her nails coming off.. to well all sorts that become more and more ridiculous to the point where for me this started to turn into a bit of a comedy.
I understand what it's trying to do and a lot of people, apparently everyone but me, has bought. The fact we should feel some sympathy towards this girl with obvious mental issues, brought on by all the pressure? That the thrilling element is added by the fact we don't know what's true and what isn't? The shock of the way the story suddenly changes? I get that with all this doubt of what's in her head and what's real has the potential to be brilliant stuff, especially in regard to the ending. However for me it just didn't work, it went from cliché to over blown and very silly and by the end I didn't really care what happened. I wouldn't have been surprised to be a man in a long black cloak with a white mask and a knife, a la Scream... or worse Scary Movie.
One of the most talked about things with this film is Natalie Portman's performance. I think both her and co star Mila Kunis are thoroughly convincing as ballet dancers, and the months of training obviously paid off. However I think it was perhaps a little in vain because no amount of good acting will save a poor script.
I am fully aware that a lot of people will disagree with me on this film as I struggled to find another bad review for it. Maybe I was even more disappointed with it by the fact it's had so much press attention, and I was prepared to love it. . .But I didn't I hated it. Not recommended.
Summary: Over hyped and just bad.