Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
So… Darren Aronofsky has made a career out of making porn with just enough “artsiness” to get it into wide release, right? I mean, that’s the only reason someone would watch this film, and it’s entirely aware of that fact.
A ballet company is doing Swan Lake, and our main character is the ballerina playing the swan queen. She starts out pure and meek, the perfect choice for the swan queen, but she also has to play the black, evil twin swan, and with the help of her director and rival, she embraces her darker side so she can play the black swan perfectly. She starts hallucinating and reality becomes twisted for her, and when she finally finishes her performance, she dies.
Really, it’s not the worst concept in the world, it’s just presented in such a stupid way that it’s not interesting at all. After the first twenty minutes, you know exactly what’s going to happen in the rest of the movie, and it doesn’t attempt to challenge any of your expectations (except expectations of just how graphic lesbian sex can be and still pass by the MPAA), and it has a massive anticlimax at the end. The main three female leads all do a pretty decent job, though, even if Wynona Rider somehow manages to look younger and healthier than Natalie Portman. I guess she was really into looking the part of a ballerina.