Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is a thrilling story full of suspense and intrigue that completely pulls the audience into the beautiful world of ballet and all of the pressures that it contains.
Black Swan is well deserving of its four Golden Globe nominations as it presented viewers with a type of emotional involvement that hasn’t been seen on the big screen this year, and it’s sure to be a great contender on the road to the Oscars.
The story follows Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) as she struggles to stay sane in the journey to achieving her dream of becoming the “Swan Queen” in her ballet companies opening production, Swan Lake. Through her struggle, Nina is forced to live under the control of her overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey) who has her trapped in a remedial, child-like existence.
As if the present issues weren’t already enough for Nina’s sense of mind, a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), is introduced to the company and proves to be a strong force in the fight to earn the role of “Swan Queen”. Now, Nina must hold on for dear life as she’s sent into a tailspin of emotions and mental hallucinations all for the sake of this coveted role.
Natalie Portman gave a captivating performance. She provided a provocative display of physicality while still managing to preserve the innocence of her character’s true self. Portman’s progression throughout the film is truly magical, as her character transitions from the White Swan – a timid, fragile girl who’s world is consumed by dance and the pressure to be perfect – to a woman who has finally found the ability to let go and seduce the audience with the beauty of her imperfections, the Black Swan.