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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…
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…
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…
It's real, except for the wrestling part.
After the ambitious project of The Fountain, Darren Aronofsky takes it back to basics in this raw but honest one man show where we follow the life of ageing wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson in what is, in my opinion, of one Aronofsky's best films to date. Aronofsky takes us round the independent circuit of wrestling and gives us the viewer insightful detail to what goes on backstage, from finding whatever they can to use as dressing rooms as the make the rounds of union halls, school gyms and community centres to the wrestlers going through the script and psyching themselves up beforehand to the taping of damaged parts and removal of some violent 'surprises' in the aftermath of a…
Shots/composition/soundtrack/locations/editing/The Cat/performances/pre-Noah Aronofsky. Brilliant.
An interesting take on professional wrestling and the personal toll the job takes on the wrestlers. Mickey Rourke is excellent and really makes the movie work in a way I think many other actors would have failed at.
Somehow i get the feeling that this movie was to Mickey Rourke what Birdman was for MIchael Keaton.
Rourkes last big fluke. Watch it even if you don't care about wrestling. Heartbreaking, realitic and powerful.
Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei are wonderful in this. What a heartbreaking story.
The Wrestler was a surprise film for me to say the least. I didn't have much hope in the film simply because I am not normally a sports movie fan. I love sports in real life, but movies based off of them rarely attract my attention. This film did though. Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei are both great in this depressing tale of growing old. Rourke is a wrestler that is becoming physically unable to fight. He tries to work on relationships with his estranged daughter and a stripper friend played by Tomei. The film isn't your typical feel good film and stresses the regret in life, and struggles of getting old. The Wrestler is a great movie and one that should be seen by not only sports fans, but by all film fans.
Cojonuda, muy triste y la mejor actuación del caracartón de Mickey Rourke.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…