I cannot believe I have let seven years pass before finally picking up the film. If I can review this film with one gif, it would be this. This was phenomenal. There are a lot of interpretation pieces about this film, but I don’t think I’ll be doing any analyzing here because I was too busy being floored away by the writing, the cinematography, the music, the choreography, and the acting. Nina is such a complex character. She is this meek but dedicated dancer, and her lack of confidence shows in her professional and personal life. She lives with a controlling mother, and barely has any social interaction in her work place. She is all about perfecting her craft, wanting to become like the dancer she idolized. When the role of Swan Queen is being auditioned, she was immediately considered for White Swan, but her lack of tenacity and aggression initially dismissed her for the role until an incident that had the director reconsider. Still, she was having difficulty unleashing the persona demanded from her role, and this is where the film gets interesting, for a lack of a better word.
As Nina’s state continuously disintegrates, the line between reality and hallucination becomes blurred, mixing both realities as one, until Nina pulls out and realizes that what has happened may not have happened at all. Her ticks were small at first, but when the pressure continuously built up, it got worse, with the persona of the Black Swan pushing herself to get out of that shell. The role requires an actress that can easily pull back and forth between two distinguishable personas without mixing them both. At first, I was wary of Natalie Portman, but she was astounding. She looked unassuming, but then clawed out this ravaging persona that was stark mad. This was a well-written character that could have been played by anyone, but I am glad that they had given it to Portman, and she delivered an amazing performance.
This was a entertaining and well-written film, and one that I would have to revisit to further absorb its interpretations and analysis. Also, I’m really glad I ended up liking this one; I watched another high profile Aronofsky film and didn’t love it as much as I would like.
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