Originally Posted by Jenson71
A start of my review for Black Swan:
And for the rest:
The sex in Black Swan is heavy and graphic. The ballerina's venture into the Black Swan psyche features her first explorations of sex, including fantasies with a fellow female dancer. Early, her director asks her if she's a virgin, and while she answers in the negative, the audience knows she's lying. This is the girl whose mother sets a music box on her nightstand daily and has stuffed animals filing up her room. We know that this is new territory for her, and its expression comes out wildly.
What might Aristotle make of Black Swan? Based on my reading of Ethics, I think he would say that it really showcases the destruction in living the extremes. What balance is there in the ballerina's life? Her pursuit of greatness in art leads to wild passion that causes her to lose everything. This was not the portrayal of a happy life. In a similar vein, the review from the Jesuit magazine America states: "In pursuing perfection, Nina has all but shut herself off from the workings of grace—the only truly effective salve for a wounded soul. Grace, after all, cannot be achieved, though it is freely given. Sadly, Nina never makes that leap." Well said.
There, now ready to publish it.
On my blog.