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Black Swan

January 16, 2011

“I had the craziest dream last night about a girl who has turned into a swan, but her prince falls for the wrong girl and she kills herself.”

Black Swan is the story of a ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) who wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like the evil twin sister of the White Swan, the Black Swan.

This is the performance of a generation. Natalie Portman gives it her best, and she does amazing as Nina Sayers (Aka. The Black Swan). Her ability to become an emotional trainreck to a self-centered star is one of the substances that makes her perfect for this role. Personally, I never thought she could act like this, so this personally made me very happy. It’s no question that the Academy Award will go to her for Best Actress. Some credit needs to go to ‘Family Guy’ star Mila Kunis, who plays the seductive Lily. It’s nice seeing her in a non-comedic role.

“We all know the story. Virginal girl, pure and sweet, trapped in the body of a swan. She desires freedom but only true love can break the spell. Her wish is nearly granted in the form of a prince, but before he can declare his love her lustful twin, the black swan, tricks and seduces him. Devastated the white swan leaps of a cliff killing herself and, in death, finds freedom.”

What I enjoy most about Director Darren Aronofsky is his element of surprise. Just when you think you understand what’s going on, BOOM, something completely unexpected happens. Darren has also directed The Wrestler and The Fountain and is currently on track to direct The Wolverine!

Throughout the entire film, the audience see’s Nina transformation from an innocent ballet dancer, to a raging ‘Black Swan.’ Never before, have I seen something so surprising, and so inspiring. Lesson learned? Striving for perfection can cause overwhelming stress and lead to insanity.

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