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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…
"You hear them? This is where I belong."
The Wrestler is not just a film about wrestling, as the title suggests. It's more of a film about its participants, the personal side of it. It tells the story of Randy " The Ram" Robinson, a professional wrestler who one day, after a violent match, suffers from a heart attack and is told by a doctor that he can't wrestle anymore. This causes him to change his way of living, to adapt to a world that's not particularly fond of him, and one that he doesn't feel any kind of sympathy towards.
Mickey Rourke embodies this character perfectly. He looks the part, he acts the part, he is the part. 10…
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,…
The only thing that could make this better is if it starred Ric Flair playing himself.
Even without Flair, this is one of the most raw, brutal, complex, compelling, and just plain heartbreaking films to come out in years especially thanks to an excellent performance from Mickey Rourke.
The Wrestler is a very slow moving. upsetting, and very powerful film. I found this movie uplifting in the beginning and then very upsetting in the end, I found myself really caring about this character and it's like you really get to know this guy.
I thought Mickey Rourke was fantastic in the movie and he really becomes his character, every one else is good. I do think the movie's ending was not very well done, the audience is supposed to interpret their own ending, like what Nolan did in Inception, but it just does not work as well in this movie.
Overall this film depressed me, but it was a great film, and I really think this will be a classic ten years from now. Great film.
Aronofsky's best film? I don't know, but it just may be my favorite.
"The Wrestler" is about a man who can do one thing well, and keeps on doing it because of need, weary skill and pride. He wrestles for a living. Pro wrestling is a fake sport, right? Yes, but as an activity, it's pretty real. I watch it on TV with fascination. It's scripted that the villain sneaks up on the hero, who pretends not to see him, and pushes him over the ropes and out of the ring. Fake. But when the hero hits the floor, how fake is that? "Those guys learn how to fall," people tell me. Want to sign up for the lessons?
Mickey Rourke plays the battered, broke, lonely hero, Randy ("The Ram") Robinson. This is…
I hate wrestling so much but this is a film totally worthy purely on Rouke's terrific central performance.
Unexpectedly emotional and beautiful, considering I couldn't care less about wrestling if I tried. Also I am obsessed with this working hand in hand with Black Swan.
A pretty good film. Perfectly acted, neatly directed, and with a very poignant script. Being an 80s teen, I really appreciated the soundtrack and the references to 80s wrestling. That said, I must admit I warmed up to the story and would've liked a clearer conclusion. Still, great film.
(review written in 2009)
What a gritty realistic depressing film this is. It almost felt like it could've been a found footage/documentary movie about Randy "The Ram" Robinson's last days winding down to his inevitable end. Whether the film ends in a depressing way or a uplifting way is up to the viewer. He goes knowing all the people in the crowd love him and when he's in the ring, nothing outside of the arena matters. That's where he lives, thrives and survives, in the square circle. I grew up loving wrestling when I was a child to early teens so I could relate somewhat to what I was seeing. Mickey Rourke carries this film on his shoulders and never stops.
Ram jam! Plenty of the Arronofsky I love with out being totally batshit crazy. With this story I was worried. Still used very isolated shots (long shots from behind, close ups) and handheld to develop a very personal connection to this guy who had little to admire aside from his desire to succeed. Per usual this audio/soundtrack was very appropriate as with most of Arronofsky's work.
Ahhh, this is sad. And you know how it has to go, but that doesn't stop it being sad. I thought Mickey Rourke did an excellent job in this.
Am imagining an alternative POV film where it is Marisa Tomei's character who's the star, and she is busy coming to terms with the fact that her age is against her continuing her stripping career, but it's all she knows how to do, even if it's coming between her and her family. Occasionally she stops by to see Mickey wrestling to take her mind off things.
Anyway, worth a watch.
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1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…