Love. Pain. Glory.
Mickey Rourke stars as retired professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson, who returns to the ring to work his way up the circuit for a final shot at defeating his longtime rival. Along the way, he tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter while exploring a relationship with an aging stripper named Cassidy.
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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I can't believe I'd put off watching this film for so long just because I'm not a fan of wrestling. What an amazing and emotional film by Darren Aronofsky, and worth seeing for Mickey Rourke's performance alone.
"I'm an old broken down piece of meat... and I'm alone. And I deserve to be all alone."
The Wrestler found a way to be uplifting, redeeming and flat out depressing all in one single film.
Mr. Aronofsky enjoys creating compelling stories around very heavy themes, that by itself is nothing new. What makes Darren jump out from the rest is that he doesn't use one theme, but two or three of this themes in one single film in a graceful and remarkable way.
Like every great director Aronofsky had the vision to gamble in an actor consider…
An incredible emotional experience that has one of best endings that I've seen in quite some time.
Back when I saw Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler in theaters, my main problem with it was simply that it never registered for me on an emotional level. Despite telling this grueling, tragic and at times strangely uplifting tale of a broken down man trying to pull his life back together when it may be too late and all of the hardships that come with that, there was never really a moment where I found myself moved in any way. It was frustrating to say the least, and given that a lot of the film's impact relies on that emotional connection I ended up just not being a fan of the picture straight down the line. Giving it a second viewing…
Stunning film, one of Aronofsky's best and Rourke is brilliant.
He pretty much handed David O'Russell the hand-book on how to make The Fighter here.
Great film, with a phenomenal performance by Micky Rourke.
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i give this film a sad/10
i also give this film a 'i never want 2 see mickey rourke having sex again'/10
I remember this film being released in the cinema and my male friends going to see it, asking if I wanted to watch a film about a wrestler. I refused, and have avoided this film ever since. Not long ago I was recommended to watch it, however, and I'm so glad that I've finally got around to it; The Wrestler is far from a film about wrestling, it's about one man's struggles in life. It's raw, gritty, heartbreaking, and compelling, and Mickey Rourke gives an excellent performance as the title character.
Great film with an outstanding performance by Mickey Rourke.
tl;dr: I rant about realism, bad directing, and how Mickey Rourke should have stuck more guns and cassette tapes in his chest.
Since seeing it, I've been telling myself that my annoyance, rather than ambivalence, with this movie was simply a mood that would go away after about a day or so.
Well, it's been almost 20 hours now, and I'm still annoyed.
I feel worried whenever I think about the fact that I live in a time wherein Aronofsky's movies are met with acclaim and attention despite his lack of talent. If his style passes for intensity (it's anything but), what effect could that have on other movies coming out in the modern day? It's silly that people claim…
What makes this film so poignant is the proximity to Black Swan. This isn't to say that this movie cannot stand alone, but it certainly helps when viewed with Black Swan. They are both very similar and different, and seeing where those lines are drawn makes this engaging. Very different subjects performing very different arts, yet the physical and mental toll their art takes on them is the center of the film.
Enough with the comparisons to Black Swan, this is a gritty drama that Darren is known for. It's less surreal than his other work, but maybe that's fitting since the subject of underground wrestling doesn't lend itself to fantastic breaks from reality. If you're a fan of the director, this is a must watch.