Well this was certainly...a hard movie to digest. If you've heard anything of Black Swan, it's probably the negatives like the ridiculous 'soft' pornographic nature, the gruesome scenes, and the chilling music from Swan Lake. Okay, that last one wasn't a negative, in fact the beautiful music made the story that much more haunting.
I was, however, displeased.
The story is about a ballerina who gets to become the star, or principle dancer, in a New York City production of Swan Lake. Her perfectionism spirals into overwork and exhaustion mentally and physically, and erupts to produce horrifying dreams, hallucinations, and very awkward girl-on-girl scenes...that may or may not have existed.
I, for one, would not want any male I knew watching this movie. It's simply too graphic, and I thought it should have been rated higher than an R for the perverse scenes it entailed. I don't even think I'd recommend it to any woman, either, simply because the bad scenes are what sticks in your mouth, and sours, around a very tumultuous girl and her scary mental breakdown.
The dancing and the design were fantastic. I wanted to see this movie because I knew it involved dancing, and ever since watching Dirty Dancing years ago when I was a teenager, I have loved.dancing.movies. The end.
Okay but really, this movie gained Portman an Oscar, and she did act well. She was very believable, but the story and her meltdown were simply handled completely distastefully, and I don't say that about many movies.
I give this a 2 for a try and a song (and a beautiful black swan's dance), and that's about it.
I found this sour, ridiculous, and for the most part unredeemable.