Natalie Portman gives the performance of a lifetime as Nina, a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom. Pushed to breaking point by her driven artistic director (Vincent Cassel) and the threat posed by a seductive rival dancer (Mila Kunis), Nina's tenuous grip on reality starts to slip away. As the pressure builds, Nina's all-consuming obsessions spin out of control, plunging her into a waking nightmare that will threaten not only her sanity, but her life.
Natalie Portman, Mark Heyman/Andrés Heinz/John McLaughlin, Matthew Libatique, Amy Westcott, Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson, Andrew Weisblum, Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella, Dan Schrecker, Henrik Fett, Michael Capton, William 'Brad' Kalinoski, Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
Black Swan is a psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. The movie follows Nina Sayers (played by Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer who lives with her overbearing mother. She wins the role of the swan queen in ‘Swan Lake’. However, she is now facing tensions from her new rival Lily and the company director Thomas. The events that follow describe the movie.
Similar to ‘The Wrestler’, Aronofsky’s prior movie, Black Swan was able to present the other side of a ballerina.
While the past movie portrayed the sensitive side of a wrestler, this movie portrays the hard side of a ballet dancer. Some of the backstage events of a ballet dance company are clearly portrayed in this film. The artistic jealousy, the rivalry between artists, and the performance are clearly captured.
Though the film appears to be overcast with major stars, it is very much required. The film stars major actors like Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis etc. Portman has done a wonderful performance in a role that is more demanding on the physical level.
Cassel as the dance company director has played the role to perfection. His role has shades of grey which needs intense acting from an experienced person. All other supporting actors have done a nice job.
The music and dance sequences are quite good and engaging. However, the progress of the story can be predicted even in the early stages. Despite some minor flaws, Black Swan is an interesting movie to watch. In a nutshell, Black Swan is an intense thriller drama that could satisfy the target audience perfectly.