Movie Review: Black Swan

By Drum Digital
26 January 2011

Rating 4/5

Drama. With Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel. Director: Darren Aronofsky. 16LVS. Opens 4 February.

What’s it about?

A ballerina lands the lead role in a production of Swan Lake and finds it easy to play the heroine – but then her character’s evil twin sister starts messing with her head.

Who will enjoy it?

Not just lovers of ballet but any movie fan who enjoys dark, intense psychological dramas in which nothing is as it seems. Darren Aronofsky is the perfect director for this disturbing film about a young girl who slowly loses her grip on reality. The ballerina’s tortured alter ego is flamboyantly portrayed on the big screen and the combination of a terrifying dance of death, graceful ballet and a horrific journey into the dark depths of the subconscious is brought to life with masterful control by Aronofsky. One of the year’s best – and probably scariest – films.

Wait for DVD? No. Much of the action happens on a stage and to appreciate Aronofsky’s use of cinematography you have to see this film on a big screen. The camera penetrates the neurotic, disturbed mind of the ballerina and the way it moves to capture the exuberant moves of the dancers will sweep you off your feet.

Popcorn fact 

* Natalie Portman prepared for her role for six months, practising ballet moves for hours every day.

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