Saturday, 18 June 2011

Black Swan: Blu Ray Review

Black Swan: Blu Ray Review

Black Swan
Rating:R16
Released by 20th Century Fox and Roadshow

It's the film which won an Oscar and Golden Globes for Natalie Portman's portrayal of a ballet dancer.

And it's still as confounding as on its initial release earlier this year.

Set in New York, this latest from The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky follows a ballet company which is about to put on a new version of Swan Lake.

Portman plays Nina Sayers, a control freak of a dancer who's pushed herself as far as she can go for her role; with an obsessive desire to be part of the new production, she's gone right to the physical edge for the role of the Black Swan.

As Sayers starts to work on loosening up and getting in touch with her darker side, she forms a friendship with fellow dancer Lily (Mila Kunis). But as the show draws ever closer and she tries to channel the deeper more disturbed Black Swan, Nina's world starts to fall apart amid jealousy and paranoia.

Black Swan is astounding, confounding, audacious, confusing and compelling viewing in equal parts.

It's a dizzying head trip of a film at times lead by Portman's Sayers; she captures the fragility and the delicateness of the physicality of the dancing role as well as the mental tone too.

Still a spellbinding watch Black Swan demands your attention and that's no bad thing.

Rating: 8/10 

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