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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…
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…
Film #2 of the 'December 2016: Flounder’s Scavenger Hunt'
TASK#28: A film that hits you right in the feels!
‘The Wrestler’ is a gritty, real and heartbreaking film that features great performances from its cast, particularly from Mickey Rourke who is absolutely sensational. It’s also another incredible film in Darren Aronofsky’s filmography.
This movie is so goddamn powerful.
The acting is top notch, the directing is awesome, the cinematography is unique, AMAZING.
Also the thought of crying on a wrestling match never interred my mind before this movie.
Aronofsky's best for sure.
In the hands of Darren Aronofsky, even the simplest of premise will do wonders as film, to which The Wrestler is a fine testament.
Being a sucker for sports dramas, I found this film to rank high in the creatively limited sub genre. The fact that Aronofsky chose to focus almost entirely on the central character was a successful decision. The Wrestler serves like a documentary, chronicling Randy "The Ram"(Mickey Rourke) in all his vulnerability at the twilight of his career. The way he commits mistakes in Domino effect, owing to his circumstances, lifestyle and his past, is all too universal. His transparent journey as a "washed-up" wrestler is complimented by proportionate simplicity in the storytelling. The film captures his…
It just gets better each time I watch it. Each time it's a jab to the heart.
"Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?"
I wasn't enthralled with this movie, but it was pretty good. Rourke's performance is absolutely fantastic, and the cinematography is grainy and gritty - the whole movie is hyper-realistic in comparison to Aronofsky's other work. The tale is hard-hitting, but nothing new. There weren't many surprises or climaxes of note, it mostly just moved along at a slow but steady pace. This said, the central performances drive the experience, and The Ram is a tragic and interesting character to behold. His self-destructive nature is saddening to see, but the washed-up sportsman does feels a little over-used in this age.
I am maybe unfavourably comparing this movie to Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan and The Fountain, all of which I…
Wonderful performances by Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Since I love pro wrestling, I enjoyed particularly the "behind the scenes" at the shows, pretty visceral and raw(no pun intended).
Update still the best sports film and still aronofsky's greatest work
Wow! That cut deep
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