Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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…
A powerful film. Aronofsky always made strange films with graphic scenes, now he made small changes and things got very well.
I liked the calmness and the lack of spectacle. The movie concentrates on what it wants to tell us, takes the time it needs to do that, and all the actor use this time and space they're given to shape their characters.
I noticed how the camera would always follow Randy, we see his back. It felt like seeing him walking towards the ring (like an entrance in Rocky, for example), but it was just his daily routine.
Not many layers of meaning in my opinion, but it delivered the one-trick-pony tragic to incredibly well.
Addiction to performance is difficult to overcome when it comes to a halt, and the performer or the athlete never knows when that time is over and never accepts it when it is. This is a film that shows how hard it can be to deal with that, especially when that is the only thing that that person values in their life and when every other aspect of their life is in ruin.
We see the life of aging wrestler, Randy "The Ram" Robinson through a fly-on-the-wall style presentation. Robinson's former glories are long ago and he's struggling to come to terms with that fact and trying to re-live his former glories by making an ill-advised comeback. His financial situation…
As a dude with an estranged father, this was a bit of a hard watch. Goddamn, Dare Nair Novsky makes some really soul-destroying films. I have no desire to watch it again. It's beautiful.
Art house WWF
No, YOU'RE crying.
a gut wrenching portrayal of a washed up, lonely, professional wrestler. Mickey Rourke absolutely kills this role, never for an instant do I feel that he is acting. it is so truthful and natural that it is hard to be convinced otherwise. the actress who plays his daughter is phenomenal in her scenes, as is the actress who plays Cassidy. Aronofsky's attention to detail is fabulous and his direction is great in this hyperrealistic film. the pacing is top notch and the movie never loses its tone. :-(
Gritty and true, doing a job past your prime cause you cant do anything else.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!