Review: Natalie Portman starrer ‘Black Swan’ is a dark, twisted fantasy

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 14:43 PM IST

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Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ is an ode to all those true blue artists, who struggle hard to achieve perfection in their craft. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel, ‘Black Swan’ is a twisted fantasy that is both delightful and disturbing.

‘Black Swan’ is woven around the life of ballerina Nina Sayers (Portman), who gets the golden opportunity of replacing a fading star (Winona Ryder) as the lead dancer of Black Lake. However, things take a drastic turn when Thomas (Vincent Cassel) wants to cast Nina both as light and pure White Swan and twisted and visceral Black Swan. Nina’s life is turned upside down when she gets in touch with her darker side in the name of artistic exactitude.

‘Black Swan’ is one wild, dark and twisted tale of human emotions with great deal of psychological realism. The way Portman transforms from virginal White Swan to animalistic Black Swan makes her stand out in the entire film. No doubt, Natalie Portman truly deserved the Best Actress award for ‘Black Swan’ at the 83rd Academy Awards.

‘Black Swan’ is gorgeous and a gripping tale of a soul, pining for higher degrees of artistic perfection, thereby channelling human limit.

Undoubtedly, the soul of the film lies in Nina’s relationship with her mother (Barbara Hershey), her rival (Mila Kunis) and her overbearing director (Vincent Cassel). Darren Aronofsky aesthetically portrays the world of ballet in the film, complete with behind-the-scenes moments and all tricks that go into the performance as well as the toll they take on mind and body.

Kudos to cinematographer Matthew Libatique for dazzling visual effects, which take us through a string of emotions, right from happiness, desolation to jealousy and pain.

‘Black Swan’ is a grand film with great sense of style and a riveting climax that can tear you asunder.

Ratings: Four cheers for this one!