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4.0 out of 5 stars Ballet good show, 2 Feb 2011
This review is from: Black Swan (DVD + Digital Copy) (2010) (DVD)
Adultescent beauty Nina (Natalie Portman) is picked as the lead for a new production of hoary old ballet classic Swan Lake. This Swan Lake, however, will be radically different from previous versions, as Nina will play both lead parts - the good (white) and evil (black) swans. There's no doubt that uptight, virginal Nina will be able to play the naive white swan, but can she find the darkness within herself required to play the passionate and destructive black swan? And what demons will she awaken if she does so?

Horror films - and, arthouse trappings aside, that's what this is - are seldom told from a female perspective, and it's very refreshing to see that redressed here. If the story outlined above sounds rather thin, that's because it is, but Aronofsky and Portman mine every single atom of drama from the premise, creating melodrama of the highest order. By turns sexy, strange and sometimes outright demented, Black Swan is an exercise in spectacle and excess, mesmerising, but, at times, almost impossible to take seriously. The supporting cast are excellent too, from Barbara Hershey's domineering mother (hey, this is melodrama - there's ALWAYS a domineering mother) to Mila Kunis's uninhibited, sexually free understudy, Lily.

Preposterous, ridiculous, and utterly, utterly glorious, this is a wonderful, strange adrenalin rush quite unlike anything else in cinema at the moment.
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