Black Swan a dramatic twist to Swan Lake

In an intense movie from every aspect, Black Swan is definitely worth the high expense of movie tickets.

Almost immediately it has the ability to suck the audience into a thriller that has not graced the silver screen for several years.

Black Swan tells the story of an exquisite ballerina, Nina, played by the captivating Natalie Portman.

The ballet company Nina dances for is about to come into its new season of performances in which the main ballet to be performed is the timeless Swan Lake.

After winning the lead role as the Swan Princess, Nina becomes crazier and more insane in every scene.

She feels threatened that the new ballerina to the company, Lily, played by Mila Kunis, is after her lead part. Nina is also exhausted from all the practice and time she puts in to it and not to mention a pretty insane mother at home. Nina is in a downward spiral through the whole movie which creates more drama.

Black Swan is much like the ballet Swan Lake, just with a slight difference. The new rendition has a dark twist of an evil black swan.

The story line of the new rendition is almost the same. However, the swan princess in the movie has an evil twin, the black swan.

Though Black Swan shows what it is like for Americans to be competitive and the problems of pressure, this movie does have scenes that are not for the faint-hearted. Caution should be known when viewing this movie.

One of the first mysteries laid before the audience is a marking on Nina’s back. Half of it resembles a scratch, but the other mark looks as if she has permanent goose bumps.

It doesn’t take the audience long to figure out that she is actually becoming the black swan.

As Nina becomes more paranoid, she ultimately embraces the evil black swan role instead of the sweet-hearted white swan. She gives the viewers some eerie and uncomfortable squirms in their seats during these scenes.

On a whole, this movie is phenomenal. Portman completely embraces her role and has the audience believe that she is completely crazy.

Not only her acting, but some of the risque scenes Portman has to do, should definitely put her in the lead running for an Oscar.

The only negative about the film is that it is very sexual. Two scenes could make people cringe in their seats.

Advice: if you choose to go to this movie, go with someone you are comfortable with while seeing certain things.

Overall, the acting, storyline, choreography and music, which uses Tchaikovsky’s  Swan Lake, deserves every bit of the recognition the movie’s been getting.

Author: Stacy Fannin

Stacy Fannin is a junior mass communication/journalism major and is the sports editor for the newspaper. She is from Cedar Park, Texas, where she lives with her mom, little sister and adorable cat, Dusty. Stacy enjoys being with family and friends. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, Dr. Pepper, the Green Bay Packers, Texas and England. Stacy enjoys eating junk food, being around family and friends (and her cat), and talking on her phone named Jeffrey. She is a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, chocolate and of course, the Green Bay Packers!

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