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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Imperfect Perfection: Black Swan

Every now and then a movie comes around that is full of high-action, full-on drama, and total seductive creepiness. Usually, that movie is outfitted with a strong-willed and muscular male with a ton of testosterone.

This time, the lead in this intensely weird drama is portrayed by a less than 100-lb anal-retentive veteran ballerina who is way too paranoid to save herself.

Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers, a ballet dancer who strives to be perfect when she lands the lead role in Swan Lake.

In the role, she must honestly play both the white swan and the black swan. Her determination to be perfect leads her to a schizophrenic break.

Her break is catapulted by an extreme cast of characters: her over-protective mother venomously played by Barbara Hershey; her pompous director characterized by Vincent Cassel; and her seductive alternate portrayed by Mila Kunis.

All I can say is this movie is a true work of art. The actors are honest and compelling, the soundtrack is overwhelmingly alluring, and the cinematography is very original.

There are certainly times when you aren't aware of what's real and what's illusion, especially since Portman's character is unsure of herself.

Director Darren Aronofsky has a taste for the weird and eclectic, as seen in his previous movies like Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler and Pi.

Although I was a bit confused at times and totally freaked out at other times, I did feel like this movie lived up to my expectations.

It certainly gave you a lot to talk about, even if you felt like the film was difficult to keep up with or "a lot of work" as my hubby would say.

I definitely think you will have to see Black Swan for yourself to really understand it. It's a bit reminiscent of Inception, in how it keeps you wondering.

The movie is almost 2 hours of thrilling scenes that lead to a beautiful black swan performance given by Portman. But again, you have to see it for yourself.

So, all in all, I would have to give this movie 4 out of 5 hearts!

Let me know what you think if you've already seen it!



  1. i reaaaly need to see this movie!

  2. Definitely plan to see this movie, great review!

  3. Lovely pics!

    lovely make!

    great post <3



  4. Wow - great review. Definitely made me EVEN more intrigued to see this! It definitely sounds interesting. And Natalie Portman is INCREDIBLE.

  5. Great review beb. That sums up exactly how I felt about the movie except I have no writing skills :-).

    'Work of art' is definitely an apt description because, whether you like the movie or not, you can't deny its artistic qualities.

    It is a lot of work to watch, I recommend some mental stretches before seeing it.

  6. Nice review - I really can't wait to see this.

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  7. I am absolutely DYING to see this movie!! :)

  8. This is definitely on my must-see list!

  9. really want to see this movie :)
    LOVE Inception, amazing movie :)

    xo Christine

  10. Thank you so much, im so excited to get the package from you :)

  11. "All I can say is this movie is a true work of art."

    I completely agree with you. I also gave this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is totally creepy,emotional, strange, and leaves you wondering but that's what I love about Arronfsky. In fact, The Fountain is one of my favorite movies. His movies are so compelling and it may seem like "a lot of work" but definitely great conversation starter =)

  12. i need2see this,great review thanx for sharing

  13. Ooh this looks so good! Thanks for sharing and giving your input, Cheryl. Awesome and insightful review! Love the photos you added to it. :)


  14. UGH, I loved black swan! I cannot wait to see it again! From the beautiful ballet to the gorgeous costumes and the crazy mind twists, it was perfectly executed. xxAnisa

  15. You've inspired me to go see this movie :))

  16. oh i need to watch this movie not my genre but for this one ill make an exeception!

  17. Your review has made me want to see this even more!

  18. I´m dying to watch this movie! Too bad that Natalie´s voice is going to be dubbed in Spanish but I don´t mind. :)

  19. I am desperate to see this film! Probably going to see it this week, if I'm lucky. :) Awesome review! Makes me even more excited to see it now. xo

  20. this is on my list of movies to see before the golden globes..heard such great things all around!

  21. This movie is sitting on my "to watch" list - I can't wait until I get to it :D


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