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Natalie Portman's resume is a shining piece of gold that is overshadowed by many that are quite lack luster. This is because she is, truly, one of the most underrated and adaptable actresses of the past decade. I have been waiting for a very long time for her to get that one particular role that would give her all of the acting credit she deserves. This might have finally arrived in Darren Aronpfsky's 2010 film Black Swan.
With exceptions, most of the actors and actresses we admire range from complete shit to exceptional, but most are rather one-note. Channing Tatum, Michael Cera, Jessica Alba, and other such examples have both good and bad films—which is to be expected; their real problem is that they have a “norm.” Anyone can pick them out in a film, not just by their face, but by their repetitive acting styles. Portman does not have that problem; so, she should never have become so underrated.
All of the roles that Natalie is credited for, and has executed perfectly, are very different—she has a great deal of plasticity that is very admirable. However, every time I would ask a person if they liked her they would always call her “the skinny girl with the shaved head” and follow that with “she is alright, I suppose.” This is such a saddening thing to hear because Portman is so much more than that!
Black Swan is one of the best films of this year because all of her varying strengths are packed into one film. Her role as the mentally disturbed ballerina, Nina, has proved that she is capable of many different personas and does not have a predictable style like many other actors and actresses. Black Swan reflects what Natalie is capable of--
She can be sexual.
She can be rebellious.
She can be pretty.
She can be vengeful.
She can be delicate.
She can be brilliant.
There is SO much more she is capable of, too!
There is only one question left: Dear Public, are you satisfied yet?