Excerpt: "'You can't tear your eyes away' (Entertainment Weekly) from this 'wicked, psychosexual thriller' (Daily Variety) starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky ('The Wrestler').Portman delivers 'the performance of her career' (Vanity Fair) as Nina, a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom.
Excerpt: Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is part of Lincoln Center's prestigious ballet company, and when she scores the coveted role of the Swan Queen in their season opening production of "Swan Lake," she is pushed harder by the company's lecherous director (Vincent Cassel), while also dealing with an overprotective mother (Barbara Hershey) and a new dancer (Mila Kunis) whom Nina thinks wants her role.
Excerpt: As we delve further in to spring, we’re finally getting all of the Academy darlings on a home format. The latest of those is “Black Swan”, the much talked about/anticipated film by acclaimed director Darren Aronfsky. Mr. Aronfsky has a way with films and suffice it to say that if you haven’t had the pleasure of viewing one â€“ you should.
Excerpt: There has been much written (and that I have read) on Darren Aronofsky ’s new film. More than a few people (and critics) have found themselves disconnected from the film’s events and although I loved the film, I can perhaps see why some found it so hilarious. And while it shares some DNA with Aronofsky’s previous "The Wrestler" (2008), "Black Swan" is very much its own heady mix of psycho-drama, melodrama, body horror and obsession.
Summary: Unconventional from the first frame, The Black Swan is, if anything, a well-constructed movie that deserved the attention it has gotten. Just don’t try and pigeonhole the thing into any one style and you’ll likely enjoy the film as something unique and often powerful. The movie can look somewhat like a documentary without the overboard shaky camera bit. Aronofsky also uses his distinctive style to tell a story that has been told for ages.
Conclusion: If you made it this far in the review, then I’m surprised you are not wondering why I never once talked about the controversy of just how many scenes were actually Natalie dancing and how many were not. Quite honestly, I really don’t care. If it was lip synching, then maybe I would feel differently here, but the dancing debauchery really doesn’t get to me. I just love the tale that this film has to tell.
Excerpt: Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, "Swan Lake", Nina is his first choice.
Conclusion: Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' is a masterful psychological thriller set in the physically and mentally demanding world of ballet. It's a beautifully photographed but genuinely creepy film that harkens to Roman Polanski's early works and features an enthralling performance from the young Natalie Portman. The Blu-ray arrives with a gritty and faithful picture quality, accompanied by an involving audio presentation that adds to the disturbing overtones.