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.
(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).
Happy movie watching!
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