Bloody Ballerina

Black Swan is a good combination of dance drama and psychological horror. Black Swan is a movie that I’d been avoiding for a long time. It took me 7-years to finally watch it. Why did it take me so long? I never saw a Darren Aronofsky movie beforehand, and I knew his movies were difficult to watch. Although, I knew I needed to watch it, because of its Best Picture nomination. Black Swan requires a lot of mental preparation. Prepare for a really weird movie. Never did I think the ballet would be this serious. Black Swan follows Nina Sayers, a meek and timid ballet dancer who still lives with her mother. Her dance company is putting on a performance of Swan Lake. Her dream of being the lead becomes threatened when another dancer named Lily comes and steals the spotlight. A premise like this would have been fine on its own, but the movie really goes the extra mile by showing Nina’s slow decent into insanity. She hallucinates, she sees herself everywhere, and she even imagines herself making out with Lily. It just becomes weirder and more uncomfortable as the movie goes on. Natalie Portman gives an award worthy performance as a character who goes through a very complex character arc. She was… perfect. Black Swan asks the question “how far are you willing to go for perfection?” Just don’t let it drive you to madness.

Nina becomes the Black Swan

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