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Love. Pain. Glory.
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.
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?
The Good: Incredible, tour-de-force performance from Mickey Rourke. Rourke is "The Ram" and this is his comeback, and what a glorious comeback it is. The film's strongest point, apart from the acting, is the excellent characterization. The stellar cast and the documentary-style camera work certainly help, but these characters are written and developed in such a way that it feels like you're watching real people. You can't help but empathize with every single one of them, especially the titular Randy "The Ram." The film spends most of its time showing that Randy is one really nice dude. You never see him get angry. You never see him have bad intentions. But, you see,…
Una auténtica maravilla.
Mickey Rourke está inmenso. Se sale por todos los lados. No tengo palabras para expresar lo que ÉL representa para esta película. Importaría más bien poco que los secundarios que le respalden valgan poco o nada, él sólo llena la pantalla. Pero es que además no ocurre eso, si no que los demás actores están muy destacables, sobresaliendo como no Marisa Tomei. Tal vez quede algo rezagada Rachel Evan Wood, una pena de personaje del cual no se saca todo lo que podría haberse sacado.
No es una historia muy original, ya que lo que es el wrestling queda algo tapado por la verdadera historia del film, los ultimos coletazos de una vieja gloria que no ha encontrado su sitio. Historia simple pero magistralmente llevada, con ciertos toques que la consiguen hacer entrañable y emotiva.
Y la última escena es PERFECTA. Acaba donde y cuando debe.
Is it really possible for a full-grown adult male to be THAT pathetic? This question is what makes this movie interesting. Our fascination with train-wrecks is what drives this movie. Rourke seems to be essentially playing himself as he spirals the toilet bowl on the way down (even though in reality, he appears to be spiraling slightly up). This movie crisply follows the recent fad in movie-making: the hand-held cam. However, it doesn't abuse the cam to the point that you're losing focus. This is a good film, but not a spectacular one, as has been perpetrated incessantly in the critics' reviews. All in all...i dug it. I would have like to have seen a Jimmy Snuka cameo, though.
This is stupid. The first half keep you on the seat. It has good sub-plots. In last half it mess up everything. That ending ruins the whole film. Wort film of Mr Aronofsky.
Darren Aronofsky is often criticized as a director who overreaches, both stylistically and thematically, a mostly apt gripe, at least in my opinion. The Wrestler appears to be somewhat of an answer to this, as it's his most subdued work. However, the said perspectives Aronofsky approaches his films from are really quite interesting, making his work nonetheless pretty compelling. The Wrestler has none of that, and it suffers for it. Sure, it's good—Aronofosky can conjure up a very naturalistic sense of place, despair, and desperation really damn well, the wrestling dressing is fresh and almost fascinating, and the performances are generally great—but at its core it's a simplistic redemptive melodrama, and is ultimately uninteresting and unmemorable.
Only seen it once back in 2009.
This thing's a classic.
I've seen Milk....... no goddamned way did Sean Penn deserve Best Actor over Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler.
Truly one of the best performances by any actor.
I think I'd have to call it my favorite Darren Aronofsky movie, too.
Who knew he'd manage to make a badass movie about ballerinas and a beautiful movie about wrestlers?
That's a feat.
This sports drama film from director Darren Aronofsky saw limited release in December 2008, and was released nationwide a month later, where it grossed over seven times its small $6 million budget. Mickey Rourke stars as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aging professional wrestler who continues to wrestle, despite his failing health, hoping to cling to whatever little success he has left from his days in the 80’s. Along the way he tries to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter, Evan Rachel Wood, and tries to find romance with stripper Marisa Tomei. The 109 minute picture is often times hard to watch, but it is a deeply rewarding drama that ultimately delivers. The trio of actors all give relatable…
A relentless look at the underbelly of wrestling culture. The man just can't seem to be able to catch a break. Not sure if it's Aronofsky's most cerebral film but a good watch, heartbreaking to say the least.
I go back and forth on Aronofsky. I hated Requiem for a Dream, wasn't crazy about Black Swan but liked aspects of it, kind of liked The Fountain, and didn't see Pi.
But man oh man I loved The Wrestler. I had exactly zero familiarity with the world of wrestling prior to seeing this and it made for a really interesting watch because of that. I also became medium-obsessed with referring to things as "a broken down old piece of meat" after seeing this. I'm a real dumb-dumb.
Glansrol voor Rourke en uiteraard kan je dit zien als een metafoor voor de carrière van de man zelf, maar de film heeft net iets te weinig om het lijf om van een meesterwerk te spreken.
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