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The final cut
Mar 19, 2011 07:37 PM 3399 Views

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Black Swan: The final cut!


This movie is a perfect watch for all of us who aspire to greatness. It’s a chilling reminder of the limitations of human aspiration, and that we should not immaturely aim for the skies. The movie teaches us a lesson to take a realistic view of ourselves and only aspire for what is within our means to achieve.


Natalie Portman plays a brilliant ballerina, but due to familial pressures, and her idealistic self, she is unable to cope with the politics that her stature has achieved, and eventually starts to imagine events, and so much so that she has to die in the end.


Unfortunately, the people shaping her life are also thrown in to show that no one including family members is actually supportive, when it comes to individual aspirations.


The most tragic part that her ballet coach keeps pointing out to her is that she is unable to play the Black Swan, who has shades of evil in her character. She can only play the part of a white swan, but knowing this to be her dream cast, she decides to go against the grain and participate at any cost.


So, on the night of her performance, with ugly nightmares, a rival trying to tear her down, and her own coach trying to exploit her naiveté, the ballerina performs, changing into the evil character herself.


But somewhere in the performance, she is relieved of her suffering, and emerges triumphant, only to realize that she has a piece of glass stuffed in her stomach. So keen she is to play the part, that she doesn’t realize that she has injured herself.


The story is great, and the ballet practices shown are extremely picturesque. Portman comes across as a talented actress, and the part played by the villain, her mentor, also is convincing. The final performance of Swan Lake by the performers is great. The music is just apt for all the scenes depicted. The locations of all the shots are perfectly chosen, but all in all, the movie belongs to Natalie. Really a winner!


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