If anyone is interested in watching two women make out, yell, and then have a full on lesbian scene (featuring Mila Kunis, AKA Jackie on “That 70’s Show”), here is your chance. “Black Swan” has to be one of the most amazing films created yet; it has been nominated for 5 awards thus far.
“Black Swan” takes place in New York where the life of a bohemian rules the streets. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, desperately wants the lead role of “Swan Lake,” yet she must overcome a need for perfection in order obtain this role. During this time a new character, Lilly, played by Mila Kunis, begins to take the spotlight when she outperforms Nina during the recitals for the White/Black Swan. Nina is able to play the innocent White Swan, but when she plays the Black Swan her passion is lacking.
As the movie progresses, Nina will stop at nothing to obtain the role and, with the help of Lilly and the director of the play, Nina taps into her darker side to gain a better understanding of the Black Swan, even if it means murder. But was it worth it? Nina, in her desperation, is unable to tell reality from delusion as she undergoes a dreadful, yet beautiful transformation into becoming the Black Swan.
This film masterfully uses an Alfred Hitchcock style, without the needless spending, which gives the movie an almost vertigo feeling that leaves you in a dream state as you walk out the door. The use of light and dark contrast give the film a more foreboding sense of entrapment, and the use of mirrors keep the viewer guessing what is real; leaving one in a state of awe, confused to see what comes next. My favorite scene of the film was the transformation of Nina while playing out the Black Swan role. The use of lighting, and panning camera shots, not to mention the shadow work was phenomenal.
Never have I seen a film this great since “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” It is a film that will leave you hanging, amazed as to what someone is willing to do for what they want, especially when it comes to succeeding. I give this film a 9 out of 10 because the movie starts out strong and continuously provides glimpses into how the movie will unravel at the end.