“Black Swan”This movie is so different from anything else out there, and I think that has a lot to do with why I loved it so much. It is the kind of movie you have to give your full attention to while watching.
Natalie Portman plays the ballerina Nina, who has been in a production of “Swan Lake” for several years. Nina hasn’t had a large part in the play, but is given the title role after the leading actress (Winona Ryder) is forced out of the production.
At first, it seems as though Nina has everything she ever wanted. But soon, the pressures of an intense mother (Barbara Hershey), the threat of a newcomer to the company in the form of the beautiful Lily (Mila Kunis), and a creepy director (Vincent Cassel) get the best of Nina. She begins seeing things that aren’t really there and imagines people are out to get her.
Portman gives her best performance ever, and I believe she will win the Oscar for it. You never once think it’s Natalie Portman on screen. All you see is the character.
Kunis also deserved a nomination for her work. Watching her in this movie, it’s hard to imagine her on the TV show “That ’70s Show.” She’s improved so much.
The director, Darren Aronofsky, has made a thrilling masterpiece. With his range in movies, he may be the next Stanley Kurbrick.
“The King’s Speech”This is a wonderful film about King George VI (Colin Firth) and his battle with a speech disorder. After a speech doesn’t go well, the King gets help from speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to become a good public speaker.
As he works with Logue, we find out more about the character and possible reasons from his past as to why he might have trouble speaking.
“The King’s Speech” is an inspiring film for me. As someone with autism, I could relate to the challenge of overcoming something that’s in your way. Firth gives his best performance, reminding me of Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man.”
Helena Bonham Carter also turns in an awesome performance as his wife, Queen Elizabeth. She, like Helen Mirren in “The Queen,” just feels like she could be royalty.
This is a great film that you should see. It’s brilliant and beautiful.