Black Swan Review

Topics: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake, Ballet Pages: 3 (1153 words) Published: February 10, 2013
Recently I viewed Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and I must say it was absolutely outstanding if he was going in the direction of a film about a girl reaching needed freedom through maturity. He grasped the main idea of a girl freeing herself and wrapped it inside of a well-known play, “Swan Lake” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. “Swan Lake” is a ballet in which a princess is turned into the White Swan and can only be turned back if a man swears eternal fidelity to her. In the ballet, she is betrayed by the Black Swan, the evil magician's daughter whom the magician has transformed to look exactly like the princess in order to trick the prince who has fallen in love with her. In the end, the princess commits suicide because the Prince's infidelity has doomed her to remain a swan forever [ (IMDb) ]. Set in a New York City ballet company, the movie tells the story of a young woman named Nina, who still lives at home with her over-protective mother, getting the lead role of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” and transforming from the beautiful, delicate White Queen into the promiscuous, fierce Black Swan (literally). Nina is played by Natalie Portman, who radiates with the innocent glow needed to play this role. Erica, Nina’s mother played by Barbara Hershey, nearly suffocates Nina with childish entities and her own crushed dreams of being the lead ballerina to the point that Nina has been sculpted into a very strange, but innocent character that has a skin-picking problem and strives to be perfection. Erica shelters Nina so much that she never got the chance to actually grow up and live life like a normal American teen. Nina is stuck in her innocence and is completely naive. She is absolutely perfect for the role of the “Swan Queen,” but the role requires her to play an evil twin version of herself in which she is not prepared for. Nina is obsessed with being perfect to the point that she is afraid to let herself live and let go. I believe part of the reason is from...
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