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Movie Review: Black Swan – A Journey on Dark Side of the Swan Lake

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Movies that touch on rage, madness and obsession usually leave a lasting impression on me. This marked impact was already a given even before watching Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Owing to the immense impact of the previous Aronofsky masterpiece The Wrestler, I was expecting nothing less from this movie. Still, the effect was something unexpected.

Through the slow pace of “Black Swan,” Aronofsky was able to break the elements of the story into a logical sequence that allows the viewer a clear understanding of the message. And as soon as you get into your comfort zone, the movie makes a sharp transition and everything goes into dizzying frenzy. Before you can get your act together, you already see the rolling of credits. This is what I experienced when I watched the movie, which gave me an opportunity to look at the inner psyche of a ballet dancer.

Black Swan revolves around the life and experiences of Nina Sayers, ably portrayed by Natalie Portman, a wispy ballet dancer extremely fixated with precision and excellence in her craft, cast as the lead in an upcoming Swan Lake production. Nina is given a vote of confidence by her director Thomas, played by Vincent Cassel, and she is expected to essay her role with extreme confidence and perfection owing to her innate reclusive character.

Everything goes into a downward spiral when the pressure starts to affect Nina. Dark thoughts and sinister forces take control of her. The situation gets so worse that it threatens to destroy everything that Nina has painstakingly worked for.

Through “Black Swan,” Aronofsky was able to showcase his unmatched talent in putting across a strong character and message amid the tangle of emotional and mental struggles of the main protagonists. This is the unmistakable Aronofsky signature as viewers find the clear distinction between what is real and what is not. While there are some points during the earlier part of the film where things seem to wander off in different directions, Aronofsky was able to get then in control towards a dramatic and climactic conclusion.

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