Black Swan, by director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) weaves yet another sordid yet beautiful tale of the journey to perfection with all of its impurities. Natalie Portman plays one of her most believable and powerful performances yet, Mila Kunis breaks away from her comedy traditions, and the soundtrack is in of itself a character of the film. The film centers around Nina (Portman), the perfectionist ballerina who plays the role of the Swan Queen in her dance house’s production of Swan Lake. Having to play a role with dual nature (White Swan is innocence, Black Swan is lust) she plays the White Swan because she lives as such, the Black Swan is always out of her reach. Lily (Kunis) however is her understudy, the ready replacement that plays the Black Swan with such normality and sexiness. Insanity ensues.
Never have I felt so emotional from beginning to end, really feeling as if I was on stage dancing again, knowing what that rush feels like. If you are a dancer, see this film. If you are an artist, see this film. If you are a perfectionist, see this film. Rather, if you have two eyes, a tough stomach, and limitless thought, what are you waiting for. I really never felt so blown away by mere emotion. Did I mention the ballet they perform is breathtaking?
2010, what a way to end movie-wise.