After all the hoopla and reviews from various friends and family... I went to see Black Swan and was pleasantly surprised by how the film moved me. My lasting impressions were not that of a disturbed young woman, but a strangely familiar feeling of the struggles of coming-of-age in a world of perfectionism. Natalie Portman's performance is outstanding, as is her mother played by Barbara Hershey. As for the hollywood version of the ballet world and special effects of tearing skin, well I won't comment on that here. Overall it was worth seeing on the big screen and Natalie Portman deserved every bit of her Oscar.