Natalie Portman really needed a role to define her career. The studios have not really used her full potential. It is finally in the able hands of Darren Aronofsky we see the merit of her craft. The trailer looks really exquisite. Darren has promised us a visual spectacle that will try and transcend the screen.
The picture centers on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival, played by Mila Kunis, who may not be a figment of the dancer’s imagination. Vincent Cassell shines in a supporting role with a lot of sexual undertones and plays an instructor. The rest of the cast include Winona Ryder, Sebastian Stan and Barbara Hershey.
The film seems to be a well-thought of character piece that is sure to dazzle. The Rosemary’s baby connection is very clear in this film. Here is a small synopsis, which does not give away much of the plot.
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
One great thing going for the film is the music. It is something, which very people look into. Darren seems to have the right platform to excel and showcase his box of tricks.