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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…
Three top notch performances in a film brilliantly directed by Aronofsky. In other hands the film would be a lot more generic.
I once read a reviewer say Aronofsky's WRESTLER had all the subtlety of a pile-driver. I'd say that's a fair metaphor for his entire career.
def a GOAT-tier performance
Even-keeled direction brings a welcome respite from the Aronofskian mindfuck of days past. Mickey is in rare form, bringing great character and emotion out of a deceivingly simple story. Highly watchable and altogether enjoyable.
The first half of this film is well-made enough to support its own story, but also feels a bit emotionally out of touch. Though the audience empathises with Randy The Ram and connects to him emotionally (through great acting chops courtesy of mr. Mickey Rourke), it feels more like you're merely observing what's happening to him than investedly hoping for one outcome or another. However, the second act picks up the pace after a beautifully emotional sequence between Randy and his daughter (an equally great role by Evan Rachel Wood). Here we get more and more involved in Randy's downward spiral and start to care more and more for his physical and emotional well-being, though we too are cheering like…
I don't understand wrestling. Is it sport? Is it theatre? Obviously there's a lot of athleticism involved. At least in this movie they really hurt each other a lot. Dudes are covered in blood at the end of fights. The fights in this film all look awesome and totally real. Mickey Rourke must have performed a lot of it himself because it sure looks like he is.
Speaking of Rourke, how did he not win the Oscar for this? He was incredible. As far as I'm concerned, he is Randy. He is completely believable in that role. It is analogous to his own life as a successful actor who got lost along the way, abused drugs, etc. Perhaps that is…
A true piece of genius from Mickey, probably the finest performance of the last 10, maybe 20 years. The detail, the emotion, the humor even! He plays the whole symphony when others would play just one note. The fact that he (re)wrote most of the dialogue only makes it more impressive.
" When you live hard and you play hard and burn the candle at both ends... in this life, you can lose everything you love, everything that loves you. Alot of people told me that I'd never wrestle again, they said "he's washed up", "he's finished" , "he's a loser", "he's all through". You know what? The only ones gonna tell me when I'm through doing my thing, is you people here. You people here... you people here. You're my family."
Rourke gives a great performance, otherwise I don't get the fuss about this movie.
The greatest sports film ever made and superior to it's incredible companion piece Black Swan. Performances don't get much better than what you get from Mickey here folks. This is a once in a generation type film. A drama where the people and the situations feel real, I find that so incredibly rare. Magnificent.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!