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Movie Review – Black Swan

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When I got the invite for ‘Black Swan’ the first thing I saw was the poster image, which was a very eerie close up shot of a ballerina’s face, and I thought to myself this looks like a film I will pass on as I’m not overly keen on sitting watching a documentary about ballet. However, that thought quickly dissipated when I realised this wasn’t a documentary but in fact the next film by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman. So I changed my tune and quickly said yes to the press screening invite.

“A New York City ballet company is producing Swan Lake, and director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) with ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman). Nina lives with Erica (Hershey), her overbearing mother and a former ballerina. Nina finds competition in new dancer Lily (Kunis). Swan Lake requires a ballerina who can play the innocent White Swan, which fits Nina, and the sensual Black Swan, which fits Lily. The dancers' rivalry changes into a bizarre friendship, and Nina begins exploring a dark side of herself”.

After the film ended I was floored, as was most of the audience, by the sounds of it. It had such a simple premise but yet took you, and the story, places that you didn’t think for a second it would go. With some stunning performances, great directing and just such an overwhelming soundtrack it made for a film that really affected me more deeply than just ‘was it good or bad’. In fact I still don’t know the answer to my own question about what I felt about the film. All I know is that it was a very powerful piece of cinema and a must watch for film lovers, and you just have to go and see it to understand even half of what I mean!

9 out of 10 from me.

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