Kitty Ebert Movie Review: Black Swan

Most times I look to a movie’s trailer to advise whether or not I should be excited. So after hearing a little twitter buzz about The Black Swan I searched through the net and found the trailer on YouTube.

Variety Magazine calls it “A Wicked Psycho Sexual Thriller“. Psycho yes, sexual … not so much. The movie is centered around a New York ballet dancer, Nina (Natalie Portman), that wins the lead in “Swan Lake”. Swan Lake was originally a Russian ballet story composed in the late 1800’s about a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.  This story has been performed over the years by many ballet companies offering different versions. After doing a little research it kinda makes me want to see the actual ballet.

The movie follows Portman as she loses her mind (literally) trying to keep this role in the ballet. There are no cuties in this movie at all. Although if you close your eyes while Vincent Cassel is speaking, you could imagine a much younger, cuter version of him through his sultry accent. There are a few racy lesbians scenes, and Vincent’s character kinda seduces Natalie Portman but I definitely wouldn’t describe this flick as sexual.

This could be considered as Portman’s breakout performance since we haven’t seen her since Brothers and The Other Boelyn Girl. She did an excellent job playing crazy – makes you wonder. But I would recommend this for a Sunday Matinée. I admit I was spooked on the dark 5 block walk home from the train.

Enjoy and if you’ve seen it I’d love to read your comments below!

Written by Ty Brown, Contributor,

Natalie Portman Natalie Portman
Mila Kunis Mila Kunis
Vincent Cassel Vincent Cassel
Barbara Hershey Barbara Hershey
Winona Ryder Winona Ryder
Benjamin Millepied Benjamin Millepied
Ksenia Solo Ksenia Solo
Kristina Anapau Kristina Anapau
Janet Montgomery Janet Montgomery
Sebastian Stan Sebastian Stan
Toby Hemingway Toby Hemingway
Sergio Torrado Sergio Torrado
Mark Margolis Mark Margolis
Mr. Fithian
Tina Sloan Tina Sloan
Mrs. Fithian
Abraham Aronofsky Abraham Aronofsky
Mr. Stein


  1. sarah says

    I have never been a big fan of Ballet but after talking to a couple of my co-workers at DISH this movie seems like a must see. Natalie Portman is a crazy, good actress and I love to see her do something new. I like the fun goofy side of her but something serious seems fun. Like my co-worker also told me DISH has just release "Black Swan" on PPV and in HD. So I'm most definitely going to order it tonight and see how I like it.

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