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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…
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 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…
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,…
Mickey Rourke has one hell of a face and Marisa Tomei has an incredible body. In fact, Mickey Rourke has kind of an incredible body.
The wrestler flirts with cheese, but the scales are more than balanced out by, for instance, the long walk out to the deli counter.
Just a overatted character study with a normal plot that some critics say is better than Rocky, its decent and well acted but why would anyone say such a thing.
Mickey Rourke is great. The rest didn't work for me at all.
I was pleasently surprised at how moving I found this film. Alot better than I expected.
The Wrestler is the final film in my journey with Aronofsky, and definitely my favorite. The story and themes here are extremely similar to Black Swan, and they make for perfect companion pieces. We are told the story of a man well past his prime, who continues to push himself, simply because wrestling is all he has left.
I was unfamiliar with professional wrestling prior to seeing this film. What instantly struck me, and what Aronofsky made very clear, was that Wrestling really is an art form. Underneath all the blood and sweat, it is a dance, not a sport. Every action is choreographed and performed for maximum entertainment. At it's core, it is not that different from ballet, and…
The best "ring" movie not called Raging Bull. Incredible.
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He's a beat up ol piece a meat
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