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Love. Pain. Glory.
Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.
Filmed like a documentary, elegantly blending art n entertainment & taken to a whole new level by Mickey Rourke's career-resurrecting performance, The Wrestler is a wonderful testament to the incredible sacrifices so many professional athletes continue to make on a daily basis just for the sake of entertaining us, and is one of the best films of its year & Aronofsky's career.
The story of The Wrestler concerns Randy 'The Ram' Robinson; a washed-up professional wrestler who continues to cling on to his career despite his failing health with the hope of reliving the glory of his prime days. But when his condition worsens, he tries to find an alternate career outside the ring only to struggle with it & also attempts to…
Aronofsky's Black Swan explored the world of the 'high arts' and as such it is a perfect companion piece to The Wrestler, a masterful depiction of dedication and self destruction in the realm of the 'low arts'.
Carried by a performance of a lifetime, this film is a heartbreaking slice of gritty realism. Aronofsky lays bare a world of cheap gladiatorial entertainment, where its fighters combat, not for the glory, but because they have to. They are compelled by their own addiction to the ring.
The Ram is no exception. He sacrificed just about anything in his life for the one thing he excels at. His body is a wreck as are just about all his relationships. When the inevitable…
A violent stab to the heart, 'The Wrestler' is a startling character study, a grungy and disquieting look at the wrestling world, a vessel for spellbinding performances and a film with such a shattering emotional core that it becomes difficult for the soul to stay transfixed on the screen for the entire running time. With the grizzle of 'Requiem for a Dream' and the heavy emotional core of 'The Fountain,' Darren Aronofsky has crafted a film that shares similarities with his previous work, but is also an original sector of cinema for him and his handheld camera to explore. This is one of the most moving and heartbreaking films of the 21st century.
It's a bit odd to call 'The…
Before The Wrestler, Darren Aronofsky's carrer has always been divided on realism - e.g. Requiem for a Dream - and surrealism - e.g. Pi. His fourth feature film is, for sure, one of the most realistic films of all time, and one of the most effective dramas of the past years. It follows a vanished wrestler, who reached his professional peak during the eighties, and who now has to retire due to health problems, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a discouraging struggle.
For those who like and follow this "sport" (which is not my case), The Wrestler will be a great film since it shows the efforts these athletes make throughout their careers, but…
This was the last film in Darren Aronofsky’s filmography that I had not yet seen and I am happy to have saved it for last. ‘Requiem for a Dream’ will remain as my clear favourite, but ‘The Wrestler’ comes in a more than decent second place. Randy 'The Ram' Robinson - played by an excellent Mickey Rourke, which gained him a well-deserved Oscar nomination - is a professional wrestler that faces the end of his career after a near fatal heart attack. As his life outside of the ring is inadequate to provide him much fulfilment, he struggles to adapt to a new and quieter lifestyle. We see our hard rock loving protagonist trying to restart a relationship with his…
A perfect companion to Black Swan about perfection, art and body torture. I finally got around to Aronovsky's 2008 piece The Wrestler after thinking that there wouldn't be much to it.
I absolutely love this move, and adore the performance of Mickey Rourke as the titular wrestler. He embodies the character, bringing with him all the best, and worst, parts of the 80s.
It's a film about regret, passion, art and self-expression. The message of the story, what do we do when we are physically no longer able to do the things that define us?
Aronofskys most human film also happens to be his best, The Wrestler is a low key masterpiece thanks to several amazing performances, especially Mickey Rourke. Maryse Alberti vérité cinematography adds a layer of realism to the project, furthered by the lack of a score for the most part, which is unusual for an Aronofsky film, but the transition works better than one would think. The script is a heart breaking swan song about a mans failure to give up his passion and repair burnt bridges, which only makes Rourkes attempts to connect with others all the more painful. The best kind of tearjerker out there, highly recommended.
Although it was nice to see Aronofsky experiment with more documentary-style filmmaking, I've gotta say I love his surreal attempts much more. Always nice to see the great Mickey Rourke get another shot at it.
在玩NES的时候邻居小孩提起最新的使命召唤4 （Call of the Duty），Ram一脸茫然的听着，可眼睛和手指还在关注着屏幕上8-Bit的小人；和同样已凋零的舞女前往二手古早店给女儿买礼物，却只挑中一件好像二人转演员服装的亮绿色棒球夹克。除了跟不上时代的土气，还透着80年代才有的豪气。而这种气质，早已变成了只能某些时候拿出来凭吊的标签。
"The only place I get hurt is out there."
Just as fantastic as ever. Rourke gives one of my favourite performances of all time. So phenomenal.
Aronofsky knows how to direct self-destruction better than anyone else.
I don't know what it is about Darren Aronofsky, but his leading roles tend to give stellar performances, and Mickey Rourke is no exception. This is definitely my favorite role of his. Along with that, the story was truly compelling. I read somewhere that Aronofsky originally had an idea for a film about a wrestler who falls in love with a ballerina. That idea eventually turned into two ideas, which ended up being this film and Black Swan. I think I made the right choice by watching this soon after watching Black Swan. While they both center around dedication and perseverance, they do it in completely different ways, and ultimately serve as terrific companion pieces.
I'm going to have to rewatch The Fountain sometime soon, but as of right now, I'm confident in saying if Aronofsky directs a film, I'm going to see it.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- There Will Be Blood
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
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