The Black Swan

Author: Denise Masino
December 20, 2010


I went to see The Black Swan this weekend and although the movie is very dark, I loved the performances in this movie a lot. My two favorite performances included Natalie Portman (as The Black & White Swan) and her artistic director played by Vincent Cassel. Many are talking about how erotic the film is and although it is sexually charged, I don’t know that there is anything earth shattering about the girl on girl scenes. Having said that, I will agree that both Natalie and Mila are beautiful women you just love to watch. In my opinion, the film is more disturbing than sexy and at times it’s so dark that I found myself annoyed.  I say that because, I am the consummate optimist who always looks for the light in the dark, even if it’s just a couple of small bright spots. I think that what the film does really well, with the help of Natalie Portman’s amazing performance is that it shows what emotional stress can do to the mind and the body. As a professional female bodybuilder I know what it’s like to be committed to an art form that speaks to creative expression and extremes. It’s a beautiful thing… so long as it’s pursued with some sense of balance.  So there you have it, my two cents on The Black Swan. – Denise

PS: I loved the makeup and the visual representation of the metamorphosis from White to Black Swan and from the light to the dark.