Movie Review: Black Swan

Written by Harold McNeill on January 30th, 2011. Posted in Book & Movie Reviews


Black Swan - Natalie PortmanThis week dinner and a movie took me on a trip to Langley to meet Christine whose young man is currently away for two week s at a job site.  We decided upon Black Swan as Christine has a fondness for theatre.

Our hopes were fading for dinner as every restaurant in the vicinity of the theatre had at least a forty-five minute wait.  Taking the bull by the horns I checked out Boston Pizza and found a young man sitting alone at a table for four and “low and behold” after a short conversation, he invited us to join him.   It was a most pleasant dinner with this young man was making a quick trip from Seattle to visit his young daughter.

Now, as for the movie “Black Swan”, it is not one I would recommend for the squeamish or the faint of heart.  It is a dark, psychological thriller, filled with repressed sexuality and parental control that borders on the psychotic.

In my opinion the director has done an excellent job of mixing the reality of a deteriorating life with the story of the Black Swan but does so in a manner that will leave you on the edgeWhite Swan Ballerina (Portman) of your seat, perhaps averting your eyes as the life of a young woman  (an award winning performance by Natalie Portman) spirals into the depths of overwhelming despair.

One message, at least from my perspective, is the extreme destruction that can be caused by a parent who tries to vicariously live a life they never achieved through their child. The parent uses every psychological means of coercion they can muster to achieve that end.

The movie will lead, and mislead you, to a conclusion that might be far from that which you expected.

Whether this movie is one you will enjoy will be your own decision as  I don’t think it is one that will achieve widespread consensus one way or the other.

Cheers,
Harold

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  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Hi Dorthy, So glad you found those stories and, yes, they hold many fond memories. Thanks to social media and the blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with many friends from back in the day. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Well, well. Pleased to see your name pop up. I’m in regular contact via FB with many ‘kids’ from back in our HS days (Guy, Dawna, Shirley and others). Also, a lot of Cold Lake friends through FB. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Oh, that is many years back and glad you found the story. I don’t have any recall of others in my class other than the Murphy sisters on whose farm my Dad and Mom worked.

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Pleased to hear from you Howie and trust all is going well. As with you, I have a couple of sad stories of times in my police career when I crossed paths with Ross Barrington Elworthy. Just haven’t had the time to write those stories.