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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 as well as 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…
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…
This film moved me more than anything in recent memory. The scenes with Randy and his daughter were heartbreaking. It was absolutely painful to see a man, who was at one time very powerful, reduced to just a shell. Of course, all of us will face the reckoning that Randy did. And ours won't be so well documented. This story truly gives insight into what really matters. All fame, power, and health will be taken from each and every one of us.
It may be in an instant, or over a lifetime.
But it will be taken……
Now go and hug someone who is dear to you.
You may never get another chance.
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…
"But, what about your heart?"
A story of broken humanity from multiple perspectives.
This movie was simply beautiful. I never thought that I would say that about a movie that spent a significant fraction of its screen-time in a strip club, but there it is. The cinematography was genius and Rourke is a master.
The role Mickey Rourke was born to play, as the titular wrestler he delivers an even better performance than I remembered. It's such a simple story that's been done plenty of times. The washed-up performer with nothing else to live for than their old success and the attempts at clinging on to that. Take that premise and put it into the brutal and unforgiving world of professional wrestling, place the fantastic Darren Aronofsky behind the camera, and you've got yourself a truly brilliant film, with a mass appeal that extends way beyond the reaches of just wrestling fans.
Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is an astonishingly powerful, utterly absorbing and deeply moving drama, a specific portrait of a life – the life of a professional wrestler.
Mickey Rourke stars (and yes, that is the unequivocal word for it) as Randy “The Ram” Robinson (or Robin Raminsky as was his original moniker), a down-and-out ex-80s superstar of hardcore wrestling on the East Coast who now spends his days working in the stock room at a suburban supermarket and his nights taking part in violent, disgusting matches in high school gymnasiums and union halls. Randy is old but tough, enduring the demeaning existence of a minimum wage hire while trying to make his rent; early in the film he is locked…
I loved this movie when I saw it last year, and many others did as well. It certainly got some awards coverage, but at the same time I can’t help but think it was sort of given the shaft. What annoyed me is that everyone was so busy gushing over Mickey Rourke (who was great) that they forgot that this performance was in the service of an equally great movie. I’m also baffled that people were interpreting this as some sort of inspirational Rocky story. This is NOT that kind of movie; in fact I’d much more readily compare it to Raging Bull. It’s a story of a sad, self destructive man at a low point in his life and…
I decided I was a huge Darren Aronofsky fan on the strength of one film - The Fountain - and then proceeded to not really watch more of his filmography for a while, especially when his very next film dealt with a subject I could barely care less about - a washed up wrestler. (I'm now at 4/6 features, with Requiem for a Dream coming up later in the challenge.) I'm not generally a huge sports person, and boxing/wrestling/fighting sports are my least favorite. I was told "oh, but this is a character study!" but, I mean, so was Raging Bull and I didn't care for that at all. So this was a risky choice, though I'm sure Ryan didn't…
Mickey Rourke's acting (he should have won that Oscar) is just one of many reasons why this Film is excellent.
Amazing performance by Mickey Rourke.
I was a huge fan of wrestling when i was growing up and this movie pressed on every imaginative level. Darren Aronofsky's direction was incredible it was so subtle and so cute that it worked perfectly. The tone was so real and so emotionally interesting that it worked so well. Cinematography was great in this movie too. The screenplay was fantastic it was so emotional and so reall. Mickey Rourke was magnificent in this movie he delivered performance that did it feel as a performance honestly i think he should have won an oscar. Marisa Tomei was perfect in this movie she was so great. Honestly i don't have any issues with this movie because it is one of the…
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The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…