Sunday, December 19, 2010

Black Swan (2010)

When I first saw the trailer for this film, it looked like a very interesting yet typical drama type of movie. Though, after seeing the film - there was nothing typical about it at all.

Going into the movie, I tried very hard not to read the reviews. Though I do try to read reviews for the majority of films I plan on seeing, there are some that I prefer to go in "cold turkey" - this was one of them.

(Note: I really enjoy the element of "surprise" for films that really interest me. For me personally, I guess I enjoy this part of the movie going experience).

At first, I thought I had this movie all figured out. From the trailer, I thought I knew what the story was going to be all about. I was wrong. It wasn't what I expected at all. But, in a good way.

Natalie Portman plays the main character, Nina Sayers, an aspiring dancer and ballerina. She is filled with hopes and dreams of someday becoming a famous and great ballerina dancer. And, she worked hard at her craft.

Now, I'm going to be honest here. This is a movie where it's really important to pay attention. It's one of those films where if you miss certain details - they can be vital to the story. It's one of those kinds of movies.

In the beginning, I will admit - it was a bit slow. But, this was important to the story helping to set the tone for the movie. The characters were introduced, the story was set.

As the audience, I felt that I knew what kind of film this was going to be. There were a lot of anticipated moments yet to my surprise - the movie took a dramatic turn.

It was not the movie that I had expected. The characters in the film seemed so predictable. As it turns out, they were not what I had expected at all.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you'll know what I'm talking about. I'm trying not to reveal too much because I just don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen the movie yet).

This is really a film about perspective. And, the way we perceive things. Sometimes we may not see things the way others see them. Sometimes we see what we believe. Though, it may not be what others see at all.

As the audience, I felt there were certain parts (as well as characters) in the movie that I had figured out and believed to be true. This is what I saw. As the film progressed, I soon realized this was not the case at all.

This is really a different kind of movie, a unique kind of movie. And, I can honestly say - it wasn't what I expected at all. From the trailer, I was really prepared for a typical, drama type of movie. After seeing the film, it wasn't predictable - it really threw me for a loop.

So many times, I thought I had the film figured out - it really had a lot of twists and turns. There were times where I thought I knew the characters and the storyline only to be surprised by the turn in events.

For me personally, it truly was a very entertaining and unpredictable movie. I enjoyed it very much. It is definitely a movie that I will be watching again.

If you've seen the trailer for this film and it looks even a bit interesting to you, I highly recommend seeing this movie without reading too many reviews.

(Note: There are some reviews that may reveal some details in the film which may reveal too much and may spoil the movie for you).

Film Gurl's 15 Minute Rule: PASS

Happy movie watching!

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Candice Frederick said...

i really realy enjoyed this movie. i never thought there was a dull moment. i'm like you and avoidall reviews of movies i haven't seen yet, or reviewed yet so as not to sway my opinion. nice review!

Clarabela said...

Thanks for the review. I plan to see it this week.

Film Gurl said...

(Candice) I agree. For me, it captured my attention the whole way through. It's definitely one of those movies I can see over again (like "Inception"). Glad you enjoyed the movie, thanks for stopping by! :)

(Clarabela) Sure thing, Clara! I think it's definitely a worthwhile movie, hope you like it! :)

Yong said...

Nice blog! I've been trying not to read too many reviews about this movie too. Can't wait to check it out.

Film Gurl said...

(Yong) Thanks! Yes, it's definitely not what I expected but really worth it. Hope you enjoy the movie, thanks for stopping by!

CMrok93 said...

I enjoyed this one mainly because it just made feel like nothing else around me mattered. I just sat there, falling into this film, especially with Portman's beautiful performance, that will get her that Oscar.

Film Gurl said...

I do agree, great performances in the film. There is already a lot of talk in the film community about this one being up for multiple awards. It's very much deserved. Thanks for your input and for stopping by!

Natalia said...

This movie is awesome from beginning till end. Its one of the best movie I have seen so far. The direction was absolutely the most promising part of this movie. Thanks for sharing the review and trailer.
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