Black Swan details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan, Janet Montgomery, Barbara Hershey, Toby Hemingway|
|Genres:||Drama, Music/Musical, Thriller|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Award Winners, Award Winners 2011, Best of LOVEFiLM Instant, Edge of Your Seat, Exclusive!, Highest Rated, IMDb Highest Rated, June - LOVEFiLM Picks|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Jun 2011|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Natalie Portman may be tipped for Oscar success but this sexually charged psychological thriller won't be everyone's cup of tea.
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A series of holes tied together with string.By a customer from Edinburgh , 28 Jan 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]The pedal is pressed to the metal, but it doesn't know where it is going. This is full on, especially in the last half hour. But I found myself sitting there thinking about it as I was watching, rather than being engrossed and swept along. There is plenty to think about; sexual maturing, art, the price of perfection, self discovery. But the film has a scattergun approach and it doesn't do any of them justice. Maybe it is meant to simplistic in the way that a fairy tale is. Certainly at times the symbolism is leaden and crass.
I also find the concept of self-abasement to achieve a goal repellent, though this is not another 'Breaking the Waves'.
They say a net is 'a series of holes tied together with string.' The narrative is just like that. Ignorant Bystander.
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What a load of tosh!By Oozoid (72 reviews) from Ayr , 30 Nov 2013Glimpses of the cruelty and misogyny of ballet and the horrors of parental diktat, but in the end just another stinking pile of Hollywood melodrama.
A Difficult WatchBy Tayzty (7 reviews) , 13 Oct 2013A harsh story about the difficult life of a girl in the hard world of ballet. The story-line resembles that of Fight Club, as you later discover. I wish I could say that I enjoyed it, as I greatly anticipated watching it, but unfortunately I was disappointed. There is no happy ending and very few cheerful moments throughout. I would not recommend this film.
Becomes less and less believableBy Gray2 (221 reviews) , 24 Sep 2013Nina is a ballerina who, when the lead ballerina in her company retires, lands the lead role in Swan Lake. She still seems to have a rival in Lily, her official understudy, until Lily apparently befriends Nina and brings her out of her shell (previously Nina's been a bit of a Mummy's Girl with an overbearing mother). I'd feared this movie would be all about ballet (of which I know nothing) but it wasn't. I'd also thought it would be about the choosing of a lead ballerina but that was actually resolved early on. But from the moment Lily introduced Nina to drugs, Nina evidently started to hallucinate and the film turned into an at times gruesome horror. By the end, although the ending itself was clear enough, I had no idea what had been 'real' and what had been 'dreams', and that frustrated me.
Weird but wonderful?By a customer , 10 Sep 2013This film was utterly weird but brilliant some may say. Natalie Portman was brilliant and her performance well deserved an oscar. It was sometimes hard to follow. I watched it due to the great reviews it had when it was first released in cinemas but personally I failed to see what the hype was all about. I kept watching due to Natalie Portman's performance which was brilliant.
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Up the swanny without a paddleBy a customer , 08 Sep 2013Somewhere lurking among the wooden script and sign-posted metaphors is a serious critique of the effects of artistic ambition married to mental illness; but it's handled like a 1940s potboiler. Melodramatic in the extreme with a soundtrack to match, it's all just too obvious to be anything more than psychodrama by numbers. Which is a pity, since the actors are all good - the material, however, is not. Fascinated by the weird and silly twists and a great, goofy ending, I laughed maniacally at inappropriate moments yet also found myself caught up in the central character's ghastly fate: self destructive pursuit of artistic perfection. It reminded me of Van Gogh biopic Lust For Life in which tortured macho souls wrestle with oblivion and tubes of paint until it all goes Pete Tong. 1952 it ain't, though. This is an oddity, but generally pretty entertaining if not for the reasons the director perhaps would have wanted.