Another pleasant surprise in terms of movies from 2010 is delivered in the form of Black Swan. This is a twisted and intense movie about a woman that has to conquer her dark side in order to deliver the best possible performance as a ballerina and impress the director. The movie has intense hallucinations that make it constantly gripping and enjoyable to watch.
Natalie Portman plays the role of the main ballerina Nina to perfection, but she is one of many great performances in the movie. The director Thomas, played by Vincent Cassel, who wants to make sure both the white and black swan parts are well-performed, delivers a powerful performance. He is in many ways as insane as Portman’s character at times. Mila Kunis as Lily delivers perhaps the most twisted performance of them all and appropriately acts as a vessel for Nina to see her dark side at many moments of the film. The viewer might remember this character from the television program That Seventies Show.
The heart of this movie is in the demented atmosphere that it sets up as Nina attempts a pursuit of perfection as a ballerina. Her personal life is largely in turmoil and displays a character that must fight for her independence in a fashion that is typical of many of the female leads in many classics novels I had to read in school. The overriding dark images of the movie make what would seem to be a whimsical activity in being a ballerina into a horrendous nightmare. As the climax of the movie and latter ballerina performances are being approached, the film constantly turns the screws and make Nina’s journey even more delirious than ever before.
Overall, the focus of Black Swan is on a morbid atmosphere delivered through excellent acting and a solid story. The elements of actual dancing as a ballerina take second stage to the carnival of insanity that the movie offers in such fine fashion.