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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…
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…
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,…
The only thing that could make this better is if it starred Ric Flair playing himself.
Even without Flair, this is one of the most raw, brutal, complex, compelling, and just plain heartbreaking films to come out in years especially thanks to an excellent performance from Mickey Rourke.
I can't believe I'd put off watching this film for so long just because I'm not a fan of wrestling. What an amazing and emotional film by Darren Aronofsky, and worth seeing for Mickey Rourke's performance alone.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Wanna play Nintendo?"
The scenes in the supermarket meat department are some of my favorites.
"The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me."- Randy "The Ram" Robinson
The Wrestler is not an underdog story. It’s not the story of a man with an unattainable dream who works beyond all odds to get within reach of his dream. If that story is a part of The Wrestler at all, then it happened a good twenty-five years or so before this film starts. Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) has already achieved his goal; he has already lived the dream. The Wrestler is about the “now what?” that comes afterward, in a profession where the human body will insure that you aren’t the top star forever.
Pro wrestling is a profession where the fake extends beyond just the in-ring violence, where the distinction between your own personality and the…
Wrestling is all Randy the Ram can do. He's failed with everything else ... family, friends, finances, his health, any sort of regular life outside the ring. Now he's old and fading, but still idolized by fans and respected by fellow wrestlers. The film is shot in an almost journalistic style ... the camera operator follows Randy around like a documentary filmmaker, we see what Randy sees but we also see the sluggish gait and stooped shoulders of man whom life has beaten down. After some health problems stimulate a reality check, he finally reaches out to his estranged daughter Stephanie and to his stripper friend Pam. In each case we see potential and possibilities ... a chance that he'll…
Just really couldn't get into this one..
A singularly gruelling but fantastic film. Mickey Rourke, wow, much wrassel, so intents.
Most people say this film shows perfectly the life of a wrestler outside the ring, the behind of the show. But I certainly think it is not at all about that. This movie represents the solitude of a man who has lost everything, who tries to find something to fight for. It's the story of a man who looks for a meaning in life even if he doesn't have anyone to share it with. And sometimes, life wins the battle.
a walloping emotional masterstroke
The wrestler, the hideously coloured, perfectly choreographed wrestler is just one of the most dramatically fascinating character types to make a movie around. Why did it take this long? Why aren't there more wrestling movies? When can we acknowledge that this may just beat Raging Bull as the ultimate not-quite-sports-movie that perfectly summarises the American male?
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- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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- Mulholland Drive
- Children of Men
- No Country for Old Men
1. THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) by Paul Thomas Anderson
IMDb: 8.1 | RT: 91% || Points: 2110 | Peak:…