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Black Swan New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented newcomer Lily (Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. Though her burgeoning friendship with the unconventional Lily helps Nina to jettison her perfectionist instincts and find her footing as the Black Swan, the closer she gets to perfecting the role, the further her sanity erodes until she begins to experience a bizarre and profound transformation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Natalie turns to the " Dark Side" red eyes and all
Posted by: MermaidQueen89 from: Fargo,ND on
(The above was a " Star Wars" joke. Being married to the galaxy's baddest and most well known sith lord Darth Vader. * wink wink.) Nina Sayers/ Natalie now flirts with the line of good and evil herself. Based on the popular Ballet Swan Lake. Her director "uses" her and her fellow dancers for pleasure. She is kept inside this bubble by her mother-almost sickeningly. When she goes to audition for the lead her director isn't sure she can master both the Black Swan( dark/evil one) and the White Swan Queen. So he gives her the part, but tells Nina she has to loosen up and let her self go. " Live a little". By the End Natalie lets loose on everyone and lives the part so much that it embodies her completely -physically and mentally.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Excellent Movie! I Loved It!
Posted by: moviegirl8 from: Chicago on
I thought this was a really great movie. The music, dancing, and acting were all amazing and Natalie Portman blew me away with her acting and transformation into the Black Swan. I've always generally like Natalie Portman as an actress, but this was by far the best acting I've seen from her in that I only saw the character, not the actress. And as for the XXX comment, there was no actual nudity that I can recall and only one brief steamy scene with Natalie and Mila (I wouldn't allow my younger children to watch that one scene), but I've seen way more explicit stuff on basic cable and the scene did actually tie into the story line. If you like psychological thrillers, this is a good one.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Dark n' Provocative!
Posted by: SwanFan from: Washington, DC on
I saw Black Swan in the theatres and loved it so much that I could barely wait for it to come out on dvd so I could watch it again and again! Natalie Portman's portrayal of the main character, Nina Sayers, was "5 Star" and I cannot envision anyone else in this role and making it as believable as she was able to do. I know she didn't do much of the dancing and blah, blah, blah -- but the movie is so engrossing that you don't care about any of that when you're watching it. The only issues I had with the movie were very minor: it seemed to drag on just a bit and the girl-on-girl scene should have been omitted. Otherwise, if you want to see a good thriller that will knock your socks off and you can barely tear your eyes away from, then I'd definitely recommend that you pick this up...TODAY!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Pokerface91 from: on
Great film and great acting. Well deserved Oscar for Natalie Portman!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great HD Quality
Posted by: n2crs from: Sacramento on
Some people says the HD Quality is poor.
To get the best HD Quality requires higher models/qualities of players, cords (HDMI), and screen.
Hope it helps....
4 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: jrsanchez01 from: texas on
From a a guy perspective this movie is awesome, from a psychological one this girl has so many issues and from a general viewer it is one hell of a mind ride. Outstanding movie.
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.
poor HD quality
Posted by: Axl01 from: on
The acting in this movie is good. However, the HD quality is very poor.
2 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Such a disappointment
Posted by: huntstar123 from: Baltimore, MD on
I would have liked this movie much better if the writers had not made it into a triple X feature
1 out of 49 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ScubaDiver from: on
Dark movie but great to watch around Halloween. The acting is really good and it's an interesting story.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Ballerina needs Meds
Posted by: Ashcraft from: on
The whole drama of it all makes for a great film. All you want is for this "sweet girl" to succeed and become The Prima ballerina BUT the only thing that stands in her way is herself.