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THE BLACK SWAN

Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Genre: Thriller

Black Swan is a thriller whose plot is centered on a production of the classic ballet Swan Lake by a New York Company.

The adaptation being conceived by the company requires a ballerina to portray both the tender, innocent Swan Queen and her sensual, evil twin the Black Swan. Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) who has been trying to score a major role as a ballerina at the company finally gets her opportunity when the position for the lead in the proposed ballet becomes available and she ultimately gets picked.

Things don’t play out quite for Nina planned as she is unable convince the director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) of her ability to embody The Black Swan and it gets a little more difficult for her when competition arrives in form of Lily (Mila Kunis).

Trying to satisfy an overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey) and ultimately secure the spot of prima ballerina despite all opposition, Nina embarks on a dark and twisted journey which holds the audience spellbound.

Aronofsky whose last work “The Wrestler” raked in a number of accolades did a brilliant job in capturing the conflicting personalities of The Swan Queen and The Black Swan. The visuals and effects adopted in this movie made sure the scenes intended to make you gasp did not fall flat and you would come across a number of them while watching this Psychological thriller (Oh yeah I left that out earlier on).

This movie will tend to creep some out and it will further irk those who just can’t be bothered to watch a movie without a single gun slinging scene or movies without noteworthy dialogue as it falls short on those accounts. In addition to what has already been stated, this movie is definitely not one for family viewing due to some intense scenes (sexual content is advised) and might not be the appropriate movie to go see with friends that are not into this genre of movie. However if you are a lover of creativity and the thriller genre, then this one is for you.

The Black Swan which has received a lot of accolades so far and started a couple of controversies is currently still showing in Nigeria cinemas.

Rating: 7/10

I AM NUMBER FOUR

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron

Director: D.J. Caruso

Genre: Sci-fi

This movie is based on a science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore which was published in 2010.

The movie follows the story of John Smith, played by Alex Pettyfer,  the fourth of nine teenage aliens from planet Loriena and his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant) as they try to escape from another race of aliens referred to as “The Mogadorians”.

The Mogadorians wiped out the inhabitants of Lorien years earlier however nine teenagers with special powers, including John Smith, managed to escape to Earth. To finish what they started, the Mogadorians have arrived on Earth taking out each of the kids and now they’re coming for Number Four.

I never got to read the novel “I am number four”, however seeing as D.J. Caruso didn’t get panned by readers of the novel, It would appropriate to assume he did a god job directing a movie adaptation.

The movie is not one I would tag as being a total waste, however it would not make it to the list of movies I would want to see a couple of times afterwards and for good reasons to. For one the movie lacked proper dialogue and some build up scenes you would expect to be more intense where played down.

Other than the movie being devoid of a considerable amount of scenes to make you scream whoa, giving the plot summary and the synopsis released, the actors did a commendable job and the effects were equally quite good.

This is definitely not a movie for people looking to go see a serious and engrossing movie. So I would recommend this one simply for lovers of teen flicks like Twilight, and also for those that just want to go see any movie……

Rating: 6.5/10

 

RANGO

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Ray Winstone

Director: Gore Verbinski

Genre: Animated Western/Comedy

Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp) is a pet lizard who gets stranded in the desert when his aquarium falls out of his owner’s car. Trying to get his bearing Rango meets Beans (Isla Fisher) who takes him back to her town called Dirt, which is inhabited by different animals.

The citizens of Dirt are to not too drawn to Rango, the newcomer, initially. However when Rango begins to dazzle them thanks to his way with words, he soon becomes the sheriff of the town.

Being sheriff would normally be a good deal for a newcomer, unfortunately the town of Dirt has got problems beyond Rango’s expectation including the absence of water in the community and the theft of the last reserve by outlaws. To get the water reserve back, Rango leaves the town with a number of animals and it is on this journey that Rango experiences the adventure of a lifetime.

This cartoon is has got a likable plot, lots of funny characters and scenes which most people look forward to seeing in animated movies like this. I recommend this one for all lovers of animated movies for it is truly a great piece of work.

 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH8xW8mF-AI

Rating: 7.5/10

Mistah Cole

Mistah Cole

is a Nigerian-born Music critic and movie blogger

2 comments

  1. Kai!! this 360 people have come again. Nice work sha. when do you start giving us free tickets to go see a movie?

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