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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Black Swan

Watch the trailer here.


I had no clue what to expect when I saw this movie. After the trailers I figured it would be a by the numbers thriller. I was wrong.

This movie is one of the most dark, artistic, sexual movies I have ever seen. I can barely think of what to say about it, it was simply fantastic. The story follows Nina Tayers(Natalie Portman) as she tries out for a beautiful play called Swan Lake. That's the most I can say without giving anything away. Rest assured you will feel comfortable at the beginning but as the movie picks up speed your mind will be racing to keep up with the amazing web that this story weaves. Now lets get to the comparisons.



Pro's

  • Natalie Portman gives one of her best performances and exceeds any expectation anyone would have prior to seeing this
  • The editing and cinematography kept you on edge and wanting to know where the characters were going to take you next.
  • Mila Kunis(Lily) gives the performance of her life in my opinion, far exceeding any belief I had about her leading up to this movie.
  • All of the supporting actors play their part perfectly and helped push the story along.
  • This may be the best soundtrack of the year, keeping with the ballet theme everything is in perfect rhythm with an orchestra. the violins sound like they are crying. Simply beautiful.
  • Unlike some movies, the climax was worth every moment you spent waiting to find out what happens.

Con's

  • While this is obviously just an opinion the movie is drenched is sex and is very graphic, not a good movie to watch with mom or really any close family.
  • They don't give much background on the characters except for the main one. This is a minor problem for me because everything revolved around Nina.
  • Due to how dark and sexual it is, it will not be for the easily offended or squeamish.


I know I'll catch flack for this but I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I've seen very few movies that even come close to the beauty and finesse of this one. This is definitely one to buy.




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44 comments:

  1. I completely agree with everything. The movie was so beyond any expectations I set for it. I'm so glad you liked it. :]

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  2. I almost entirely agree with this one. I didn't personally have a problem with the sex because it was an accurate interpretation of exactly what was changing, any less of it would've changed my opinion and made it a bit shadier.

    I also saw this on a date with my Mother. (Silly me) But I would recommend simply not watching it with less mature audiences who can't grasp that it isn't just sex for the sake of having sex on film.

    Nice review :)

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  3. This movie rocked hard. It's pretty funny how it can appeal to hardcore horror fans and people who like ballet at the same time.

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  4. @D4 , I didn't either. I just put it in the cons as a warning not to take your kids or something haha

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  5. Holy cow this movie was just wow. Anyone remember Eyes wide shut? There a lot of parallels between the two. The love scene is ridiculously hot! Mila Kunis AND Natalie Portman; it was hard to sit still. I have appreciated everything that Darren Aronofsky has put out (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler) every time a movie of his comes out it's just better than the last. Of course this is all imho.

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  6. I thought it was an excellent movie, but could have used an actual boob here or there.

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  7. Wow, I've never watched this...but it seems like all of you guys enjoyed it. Definitely considering checking it out now. Thanks for the pointer!

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  8. @ Lost, hahaha, true.

    ^ It was seriously great.

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  9. The scene with Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman.
    O_O Was awkward to watch with my fiancee, but the movie is so...intense throughout. It's a great film and I hope to see more of its caliber in 2011.

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  10. ^haha, that would have been soooo awkward

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  11. Was a very trippy movie, the scene with natalie portman and mila kunis was awesome, lol

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  12. Awesome. I'll catch it when it comes to netflix.

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  13. haha, I think that scene will be remembered by everyone lol

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  14. I loved this movie when I saw it in theaters. Definitely one of the best films of last decade.

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  15. Looks sweet, I'll have to check it out.

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  16. i felt really uncomfortable throughout the entire movie, something creepy about balets

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  17. everyone is saying how good this movie is but i haven't seen it yet... going to now though, your review was the last straw lol. it'll be good to get the bad taste out of my mouth, natalie portman-wise (anakin, you're breaking my heart!! ugh)

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  18. haha, I know man. That was so bad. But seriously possibly the best movie she's done.

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  19. I still have yet to see this movie. my gf said it sucked

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  20. I loved this movie. Kept me on edge the whole time.

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  21. I might see it but looks kinda shitier

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  22. Honestly just want to see Natalie Portman. Wow is she hot. :<

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  23. I'de have to agree 100%. This movie was just WOW.

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  24. I think you did a good job listing the pros and cons of this movie. It was simultaneously beautiful and gut wrenching ie fingernails. Definitely best movie ive seen in a while, sorry Tron Legacy.

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  25. My favorite movie of the year, just amazing. Apparently Black Swan and The Wrestler were supposed to be on movie and then Aaronofsky split them up. Makes a lot of sense if you think about the endings.

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  26. This was a good one, me and my gf were both surprised by it. Good story, good cinematography etc.

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  27. really want to see this but havent had time

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  28. This movie was one of the best ive seen in the last month, next to the kings speech and 127 hours

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  29. Everyone I know seems to have seen this movie. I've only seen the sketch involving Jim Carey about it but everyone keeps saying it was good so maybe I'll check it out.

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  30. I haven't seen the movie yet, I'll probably will someday soon though.
    And when I do, I'll come back to read this again.

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  31. the lesbian scene was so epic. I really liked this movie, it was new and refreshing form the typical ones that come. Its definitely a must watch

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  32. I didn't really enjoy this movie very much. Too many things were out of place and awkward.

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  33. ^Understandable. Like i've said this is definitely not for everyone.

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  34. I have to agree, it's not a family movie but it's super good.

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