“Black Swan”: a disturbing yet beautiful film


Ava Gjertsen, Editor

Recently, I viewed the film “Black Swan,” directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman as the protagonist. The movie was released on December 3, 2010, and is centered around a ballerina who gets cast as the lead role in an upcoming performance, which ends up taking over her life and causing a dark turn of events. After watching, I can say the movie quickly became one of my favorites.

The first thing I’d like to admire about it is the scenery/images shot. The camera crew certainly did an outstanding job with capturing some beautiful shots, as well as eliciting emotions from the viewers. Typically, I don’t get disturbed by fictional media. However, some of the shots in this movie actually left me feeling uneasy. Certain scenes were shot so well that it truly brewed feelings in me and had my undivided attention. Another job well done would be the plot twists and how the film meddles with your mind. After a while, I did not know what to expect and couldn’t be sure if anything happening was real or not. Not to mention Natalie Portman’s acting: she was incredible. I found myself so attached to and intrigued by her character, and she really tied the beauty of the movie together. I was left speechless.

“Black Swan” was actually given several awards:  an Academy Award for best actress in a leading role, a Saturn Award for best supporting actress, and many more. This movie certainly deserves all of them, and I cannot recommend it enough.