is Nina. She embodied a ballet dancer. Her year of training and adopting a ballet dancer’s life definitely paid off. She really captures the essence of what it’s like to be a dancer; struggling with insecurities, wanting to nail the part, land the turns, connect emotionally to the movement…etc. It’s evident as to why her performance has been receiving such rave reviews.
Cassel = great.
Mila Kunis was spot on.
Barbara Hershey as Nina’s mother was suffocatingly good as the jealous mother.
In all honesty, I felt the film had all the makings of something magical, but fell short, only just. I don’t know if it’s down to the hype, or the fact that I may have just expected it to hit a little harder. Be weirder. Push the boundaries further. I almost wanted Aronofsky to make its awkwardness more awkward. I guess I just thought it was going to be WILD.
Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it didn’t take my breath away. Everytime I thought it might, I was left sitting there, absorbing what was before my eyes, but wanting more. There were some beautiful moments and wonderful shots, but in terms of the story it was telling, much was left unresolved. I wanted some of the characters’ journeys to continue. I wanted the film to explore where certain relationships could have gone…although it’s over 100 minutes, it felt shorter because just as the story got going, it sort of ended.
I loved the score by Clint Mansell, who attempted to score the film based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet.
The most beautiful thing about it = white swan vs black swan. That was the heart of the film. AND it’s also divine to see dance done cinematically.