So I finally got to see Black Swan! Living up to the reviews, right from the beginnning it was intense, as the tale of a ballerina struggling with her sanity unfolded I was on the edge of my seat. It is scary with lots of jumpy moments and a fair bit of gore - I was hiding behind my fingers at times!
As for the dancing with the use of clever cut away and partial shots I felt that you only glimpsed the ballet style and allowed them to focus less and use an actress rather than a professional dancer for the lead role. However what this meant was the real beauty of the dancer's movements seemed lost and the althletic force behind ballet was less apparent.
Nevertheless the film on all sorts of levels is unforgettable and recommendable to anyone, not just those with an interest in dance.
For dancing fans see what the British ballet stars thought of the film's use of ballet, just click here.