Saturday, March 26, 2011

Black Swan - DVD Review

DVD Synopsis:

Starring Natalie Portman in her Academy Award winning role, Black Swan is a seductive yet haunting film that will leave you breathless. Directed by innovator Darren Aronofsky, this Best Picture nominated film boats a wealth of talent including Portman (Closer) in the performance of her career, as well as Mila Kunis (Date Night), Winony Ryder (Girl, Interrupted) and Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Twelve). Become part of the haunting phenomenon and own Black Swan on Blu-ray or DVD on March 29th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in the New York City Ballet trying to make it to the top. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), also impresses Leroy and becomes Nina's competition. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly with her innocence and grace, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan with her fiery personality. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

The Black Swan Blu-ray disc contains special features not included on the DVD, including behind-the-scenes looks at the filmmaking process and interviews with the cast and director.

My Review:

Every profession and career has its good sides and its bad sides. Black Swan portrays a dark side of ballet and the pressures it could potentially put on a person. Nina (played by Portman) seems so swept up in perfection and the pressures of her career that she lets it overcome her. Add that on top of her overbearing mother and watch as Nina destroys herself both mentally and physically.

Black Swan is rated R and for good reason. There are several scenes of sexuality, curse words, blood, and rage. My husband and I watch movies like that frequently, but not within eyeshot of the children. There's not much that's tame about Black Swan. A few scenes within the movie reminded me of Showgirls.

Although I feel that Natalie Portman played magnificently in her role, I more enjoyed the carefree and flawless Mila Kunis as her understudy and as the person who helps break Nina out of her shell.

Overall, I felt the movie was well-played with an outstanding cast of characters. I just felt that many questions were left unanswered, particularly as to why Nina did some of the things to herself that she did and what made her finally reach her breaking point.

I received DVD for review on behalf of PR agency. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.


The Teacher's Pets said...

I appreciated your review because I loved Black Swan so much that I went to see it twice. What I loved about Mila Kunis' character was that she helped Nina see what a controlled life she was living and without her I doubt Nina would even think about moving out her mother's apartment. I loved the dancing too partially because I've never been to a ballet and I found the dancing to be fascinating!

Lisa Noel said...

Great review. I passed on this review because I thought it looked way too dark. Now of course I want to see it for myself.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

From what I've heard from people coupled with the trailer I see for Black Swan, it's definitely a very intense movie.

I have yet to see it, but I really want to!