The complete ranked list formed from Scout Tafoya's cinematography poll on Fandor. Rankings are first by number of mentions and…
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…
Completely respectable script, acting, direction. Just that: respectable. Like the camera as it follows Randy around his depressing existence, this movie feels like it's being dragged through a formula. We all know this story, we all know this character. What I honestly liked most about The Wrestler were the seeds of Black Swan: all of the best staging and camera work feel like Aronofsky is stretching his wings out in preparation for its far superior companion.
I haven't seen this one in a few years, but I'm pretty sure my opinion of it isn't going to go down now that I'm actively watching wrestling again.
I fucking loved this film. Superb character study. Mickey Rourke was fantastic as the Ram. Aronofsk's direction was spectacular. The screenplay was amazing. The ending literally brought tears to my eyes. Final thing, Marisa Tomei... Damn. A+, 10th favorite of all time
Sicheres Drama mit einem sympathisch niedergeschmetterten Mickey Rourke.
Shot like a documentary of the wrestler, Randy "The Ram" Robinson, facing the familiar struggle of how to cope when the thing you love more than anything is taken away from you as father time begins to take it's toll. There's emotion in his work life, and his strained relationship with his daughter, Evan Rachel Wood, who having seen her in Thirteen also, definitely plays the resentful daughter of a single parent very convincingly.
This is definitely the role of a lifetime for Mickey Rourke. Into the second act you can almost be forgiven for forgetting it's about a wrestler because it becomes about the relationships outside of wrestling with Wood, and lap dancer Marisa Tomei.
Thick and heavy. I could do without some of Marisa Tomei's monotonous mourning, the Jesus stuff, tear-tuggers with the daughter, and a little more off-the-wall humor from Todd Barry. But it's ok -- decent prep for BLACK SWAN.
"I'm an old broken down piece of meat.... And I'm alone" -Randy "The Ram" Robinson
I think we all feel like THE RAM from time to time.
Rourke is truly spectacular in this film, the role of a lifetime.
Die Kampfszenen sind absolut beeindruckend, aber erzählerisch kommt der Film leider nicht über den Standard hinaus.
I need to do a proper write-up on this film at some point, but boy does this one hurt.
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