Posted by: popcouver | December 23, 2010

Black Swan Review

SPOILERS ALERT! If you have not seen the film and hope to do so, please don’t read this post. However, you may enjoy the trailer below.

Lately, with Oscar season coming nearer and nearer, I have been very busy attempting to see all of the amazing movies that are coming out. Today, I managed to find some time to see Natalie Portman in Black Swan and I was not disappointed.

Director Darren Aranofsky and writer Andres Heinz worked together seamlessly to create a world that is both dreamlike and terrifyingly realistic. The story is all about a woman’s struggle to be perfect in today’s world, an unattainable goal, and how an obsession with perfection can rip someone apart.

Through a palate of black, white, grey, and pink, and an obsession with little girl/bad girl opposition between Portman and Kunis, Aranofsky has created a fresh, new, unpredictable film which has us constantly wondering what is real and what is not. This is NOT just another dance movie, it’s a Psychological Thriller that will blow your mind.

The girl-on-girl sex scene between Kunis and Portman has caused a lot of buzz, with the two actresses saying they didn’t really look forward to filming that scene. It is very graphic, like the rest of the film, but it isn’t just thrown in for shock value. The affair between the two prima ballerinas is just another occurrence within the film that the audience is left questioning- just like the blood, gore, torture, pain, and threat of Kunis’s character, Lily.

Nominated for 4 Golden Globes, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Natalie Portman), and Best Supporting Actress (Mila Kunis), the film has caught the attention of film critics and is rumoured to receive a mass of Oscar nods.

Check it out! It’s playing at Fifth Ave Theatres on Burrard Street.


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