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Psycho horror thriller! – Black Swan

Posted on: February 3, 2011

If you’re the kind of person who would rather be called a coward than watch a horror film at 12 in the afternoon (forget about night!), then please don’t watch this movie at night! I started watching it at 1 in the night and towards the end I didn’t know whether to switch off the movie or close my eyes.

Now that I’ve stopped shivering like a little girl, let me tell you more. Black Swan is about a ballet dancer, Nina (Natalie Portman) who wants to be the Swan Queen of a play called Swan Lake. The ballet director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) is eager to replace the aging Swan Queen Beth (Winona Ryder) with a new face, but is reluctant to cast Nina. As the story of the ballet Swan Lake goes, a girl is cursed and turns into a White Swan. Only true love can lift the curse. However, the Prince falls in love with her evil twin, the Black Swan. Crushed, the White Swan kills herself and finally finds freedom.

Nina’s precision and technique make her perfect for the role of the White Swan. However, Leroy wants the same person to portray the Black Swan as well and this is where he feels Nina falls short, since the Black Swan is meant to be a carefree, wild seducer. Raised by her over-bearing mother to be a goody-two-shoes daughter, Nina finds it hard to dance with the wild abandon that is required by the character of the Black Swan. An itchy back and constantly bleeding fingers add to the drama and confusion.

Natalie Portman has received several awards for her performance in this movie. And it is well deserved. It is amazing how she switches so effortlessly from being a distraught, dying-to-achieve-perfection woman to a child-like, innocent, momma’s girl. This transition makes it easy to relate to her at so many levels. This movie should also serve as an inspiration to our actors back home. Natalie and Mila Kunis (Nina’s competitor for the role of the Swan Queen) started learning ballet eight months before the shooting started. Obviously, they’ve used body doubles at places, but when you watch the movie, you BELIEVE that they’re real ballet dancers.

Black Swan is all about slaying your own dragons. While you can relate to Nina’s ambition to be the best Swan Queen, you can’t really put yourself in her shoes due to the various psychotic problems she has. This adds to the thrill of the movie, especially since you don’t know what to expect next. Every minute I watched the movie, I was curious about what’s happening to her. Is she crazy? Is she hallucinating? Totally on the edge of my seat!

There are several explicit scenes in the movie, but not once did I feel they were cheesy or unnecessary. They’ve been blended in so well with the storyline that it hardly seems out of place. This is one movie you’ve GOT to watch. Superb exciting, edge-of-the-seat suspense and some really beautiful ballet. Don’t miss it!

Image courtesy: http://alanbobet.blogspot.com/2010/12/movie-reviewblack-swan201012-out-of.html


5 Responses to "Psycho horror thriller! – Black Swan"

Perfection… The price one pays to gain perfection… You want to achieve something that at first seems beyond you and then… A real modern-day tragedy, this.

Thanks for this alarming review Manasi! I belong to the category “who would rather be called a coward than watch a horror film at all”!! Black Swan is out of my list!
Nice read…

No no please do watch it! I just said don’t watch it at night.. Silly girl!

well manasi great read but my personal opinion is i found it ok. Great performances but unfortunately it didnt stick with me. Crazy visuals, technically brilliant editing but story lacked the punch that requiem for a dream had. Visually extravagant but at the core of the story the X factor was missing. Well trust me not a single scene scared me…

I agree with you here. I loved Black Swan. Natalie Portman had better win the Best Actress Academy Award. She certainly deserves it. My thoughts on it: http://tinyurl.com/5rdxqct

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