Black Swan trailer online
The trailer for the Darren Aronofsky directed film Black Swan has arrived online featuring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey, although there's no sign of Winona Ryder in the trailer as yet.
It's an interesting trailer that manages to put you on edge and make you believe that the main character is slipping away mentally, until that final scene which looks as though she's undergoing some form of transformation, something that's been hinted at from the beginning.
Here's the blurb for Black Swan:
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter's professional ambition.
When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well.
Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
The trailer looks good, there's a nice grain to all the shots and Natalie Portman looks like she's giving a powerful performance, next to Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey you'd expect she would, and I think it's going to ramp up Milas Kunis' performance and let us see the strengths of Winona Ryder once again, well I hope it does.
Of course it also includes a couple of rather more sexual shots which are sure to get the male audience excited, the kiss between Portman and Kunis, as well as wandering hands in the back of a taxi and a solo moment in bed. Yes, the trailer really is doing its job of playing to the hype out there, for a lot was made about Portman and Kunis being in a sex scene together. However what's great about it is that these are moments and fit with the building of the tension and uncertainty about the story, they aren't just dropped in for titillation.
I'm also hoping for a lot more from the film, after all this is Darren Aronofsky we're talking about, and I don't see it just being the simple tale of a woman losing her mind.
Here's the trailer in flash format below, and you can head over to see the trailer at Apple Trailers in grainy high definition.