I love Mila Kunis. There, I said it; however, I can happily say that Mila Kunis was not the only part of “Black Swan” that I loved.
Black Swan is a film that can only be described as terrifyingly beautiful. Director Darren Aronofsky wonderfully gathers all the elements of film to put together what many will rightfully consider to be his masterpiece.
“Black Swan” takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions that keeps the audience’s attention with ease throughout the entire film. The film focuses on Nina Sayers, who is played by the radiant Natalie Portman, and her struggle to play the part of the Swan Queen.
Adding to her struggles is the competition from her understudy (Mila Kunis), her overbearing mother, and the sexual advances from her director.
Portman plays her role perfectly and is one of the only actresses that could have done the role justice. She obviously trained hard for her role and provided one of the most dedicated roles of the year. The transition Portman’s character made was amazing, and the audience truly feels for the character throughout the duration of the film.
The biggest concern Nina faces is the numerous psychological problems she is struggling with. These diseases play a major part in “Black Swan,” and Aronofsky portrays them intriguingly by blurring the line between reality and fantasy. The audience will find themselves guessing at what is real and what is just a figment of Nina’s imagination.
Nina’s hallucinations manage to add the element of horror to “Black Swan,” and the horror element is what takes the film to the next level. The driving force behind the movie is the fear for Nina, and “Black Swan” had me jumping out of my seat a few times. I cannot remember the last time a movie made me jump, but it was exhilarating to discover that sensation again.
It takes a great director to make a film as great as “Black Swan,” but there still were a few flaws that need to be pointed out. The biggest problem I had was with the musical score. At times, it did push the film along nicely, but other times it came off as extremely overbearing. I caught myself focusing on the music and not on what was going on in the movie.
The other problem I had was with the dancing itself. It becomes clear very early in the movie that Portman is an amateur dancer, and she cannot keep up with the other dancers for most of the movie. Most of the background dancers looked very professional, which lessened Portman’s performance in the process.
Overall, “Black Swan” was a wonderful movie, and one of the best I have seen in a long time. Portman deserves any awards she will win, and “Black Swan” deserves to be in the running for best picture.
Go see “Black Swan” in theaters while you have the chance, and absolutely look for it when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray later this year.