Saturday, September 10, 2011
Review of Black Swan
Excellent Portrayal of a Complex Character: Innocent, passive aggressive, and insecure
So I finally watched Black Swan all the way through with my sister tonight. I knew Natalie Portman would be fantastic, and I can see how she won so many awards with this role.
Black Swan shows the highly competitive world of professional ballet, and how it can get to someone who is shooting past her prime, and someone else who's following in the same footsteps. (or ballet steps I should say).
As a professional musician, I totally identified with the pressures of rising above such a cut throat world. You can't let it get to you, but because it's so competitive and you work so hard, it's the only thing you have because you've sacrificed so much. Every little success and failure mean EVERYTHING. That's why I draw my line with flute sometimes, because if I really wanted to play at the top, I'd have to give up my sanity. I'd have to practice six to eight hours a day.
Nina does. She doesn't have any friends, or any semblance of a normal life. All she knows is dancing, and she covets the role of the black swan. She practices until her toe nails break and bleed. Ironically, she lacks the social experience to fully realize the part of the black swan. Her dancing is frigid, and she's too uptight to reach her potential.
Artful, both ugly and beautiful at times, and shocking, I was glued to the screen the entire time. I don't recommend this movie to anyone underage. If you're in the mood for a Disney movie or a comedy, then this one's not for you. If you're a writer like me, then this movie is an excellent example of a complex, compelling character.