When I was a little girl, my parents made me to go ballet classes. I had the potential of growing up to be something beautifully graceful and alluring but yet, my boobs came in setting me completely off balance and my chances of getting a gold metal went down the toilet. After catching the dramatic, psycho-thriller, Black Swan this weekend, I’m glad I left the world ballet… I guess there’s always pole dancing…moving on…
Young and talented ballerina, Nina (Natalie Portman) has the chance of a lifetime to take the lead in a new twisted version of Swan Lake. The role demands that the dance take on both “white” and “black” side of the swan in the story. Nina’s innocence and grace gives her the ability to totally own the white side of the swan but it also keeps her from being able to bring out the black side. The director (Vincent Cassel) pushes Nina to let go of her controlling poise and just give in a little to her dark side.
During Nina’s struggle to be the Black Swan and yet try to hold on to her goody side she meets a new dance to the group Lily (Mila Kunis). Lily is the wild and unforgiving side of the Black Swan and that’s goes without even trying. Nina is first intrigued by Lily’s raw side but then slowly becomes threatened and paranoid that Lily could take the role from her.
Nina’s desperate need for approval feeds into her paranoia which takes a strong grip over her slowly unstable mind. Nina battles this all while trying to deal with her ever so controlling mother, who was a former ballerina before she was knocked up and with Beth (Winona Ryder) a newly retired “It” dance that got too crusty and old.
Nina desires to be as good as Beth but doesn’t want to end up like her mother so the pressure to be perfect overcomes her. While Nina tries to find a balance in her performance, it doesn’t take too long before the pressure and the paranoia completely devourers her.
As a result of her attempt to lose herself in herself, for the big premiere Nina’s mind strips down every essence of her good and dark side. As much as she had the good side nailed, she was finally able to embrace the darkness within her to give the perfect performance of the Black Swan.
Director Darren Aronofsky is no stranger when it comes to painting the dark and hidden human side of people on the screen. His approach to Black Swan not only delivered the aspect of a mental downward spiral mind trip but also managed to make it creepy and haunting.
Black Swan is not just about some chick dancing around but it’s also a mind-bending, chilling must-see film. So…you must see it.