IMDB Rating: 8,0/10
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz
Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
This is the third Darren Aronofsky’s movies which I’ve watched since Pi & Requiem For A Dream. You could say Darren is one of the top-class directors who can compete in Hollywood when it comes to the matter about filmmaking. The sense which given by Aronofksy not always separated from the story that he showed. He always shows a story with his natural meaning that some people can’t just agree with it. In his movie, he always presents a concept of a person’s mentality or self-destructs of the person. In Black Swan, the concept cannot be separated from the previous films that I’ve watched. Requiem For A Dream with the concept of addiction, Pi with the concept about a genius, and Black Swan with the concept of someone who’s afraid of her surroundings, afraid of being taken away, and fearing her role because it will steal with others. Well, this is one of the Darren’s greatest movies that I always compare to Perfect Blue.
“Black Swan,” tells about Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a ballerina at the company in New York who dedicated herself to dancing. She goes into it because of the obsession of her mother Erica Sayers (Barbara Hershey) who’s also a former ballerina and isolated her life. When an artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) chose to replace prima ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season Swan Lake, Nina was the first choice. But Nina has a competition with a new ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis) who attracts Leroy as well. Swan Lake needs a dancer who can play both roles of the White Swan with the innocent and polite personality and the Black Swan with the sensuality and craftiness. Nina fit the White Swan role but Lily is a personification for the Black Swan. As two young dancers compete as rivals into an unexpected friendship, Nina starts to get inside the dark side of herself where she can destroy herself.
Black Swan is one movie that I never thought about how is the twist. Although this film takes on the simple premise of Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue about the obsession of a self-destructive person, Black Swan is practically like that but it’s just a few differences. Perfect Blue can be regarded as the film with the most disturbing endings, mindfuck, and confusing ever. It takes a few interpretation and observations in order to keep up with the story. For me, Black Swan is not one of the films on my list of one of the dark-theme movie. Black Swan has an easy-to-understand story and a fast pace that never gets bored with what’s presented. The film tells about a person with a heavy obsession besides the role she played and popularity so as to achieve it as high as possible. From the characteristics of the heroine, we know that the protagonist will do anything to get it out of her contradictory. Starting from stealing everything belonging to her rival Beth and making her mistaken for almost killing herself. From here, the heroine begins to anticipate with her own nature, her suspicions, and the dark shadows she always sees in the mirror so that she makes Lily her dark shadow and almost kills herself. The ending is not too confused with its plot compared to Perfect Blue but Black Swan has one of the most disturbing endings ever, whether it’s a happy ending but it’s one of the most. In conclusion, Black Swan is more than just a hero being an anti-hero playing from behind the curtain.
Black Swan is one of the films that got 91 awards, 257 nominations, and 1 Oscar for Natalie Portman. She is one of the stars in this film, the performance she performed to be one of the best ever from the frail side of her innocence and the dark side which is actually played by Natalie herself so great. In addition, the dedication she put in this movie is also not a small because she also trained to be a ballerina for months to years and also paid the trainer where she put a lot of enthusiasm in this film. Of course, not just Natalie Portman alone who stole the spotlight in this movie. Mila Kunis as Lily also deserves applause with her role playing the dark side of Nina as well as her rival. Vincent Cassel as Nina’s trained one of the actors who created the intensity of each scene and the trigger that made Nina enter the dark side but unfortunately his character are easily forgotten especially the climax but he’s doing a great job. Barbara Hershey as Nina’s mother is one that makes things cool. Her compassionate but hard, kind but frightening, she displays her contradictory points. The cinematography from Matthew Libatique is also very unique for movies that take the concept about ballet. The choreography in this movie is also so stunning that sometimes I goosebump even though I don’t really know about things like this. Not to forget the Aronofsky’s favorite composer Clint Mansell who is able to twist and establish the score with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake into a completely different feeling.
Overall, Black Swan is one of the greatest Aronofsky he ever made. Sure, this movie for me doesn’t really make me tense like he did in Requiem For A Dream or Pi but this is included in the psychological thriller movie that’s suitable for some people. I say ‘some people’ because as with Perfect Blue, Black Swan has a scene that can’t be seen by some people and of course it will be very disturbing. Black Swan is a disturbing movie full of dark and hallucinations. I think the aspects which are in this movie is not easy to utilize our mind when watching this movie.