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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…
Sometimes you just want to wallow in misery.
The Wrestler tells the story of Randy "The Ram" Robinson who has lost everything but his career in wrestling, until he loses that, too, because of health problems.
Mickey Rourke gives a performance worth a standing ovation as Randy. What I like about his character is that despite the violent nature of his sport, he is not prone to any sort of violence outside the ring. However, his one major shortcoming is his neglect to his daughter. Once he has wrestling, the one thing he had left, taken away from him, he realizes that he needs to take back all the things he lost because of his commitment to his sport, especially his daughter.
This film fits a lot of…
Even though its framework and rough narrative structure is nothing overly fresh, The Wrestler still provides a powerful, emotional story with a certain freshness to it.
It works largely because of the performance of Rourke who makes it impossible not to root for The Ram.
But it also poses some very interesting contrasts between the Ram's world inside and outside the ring and how they are effectively two different worlds which he ultimately has to choose between.
Had to watch this a second time. Could not stop thinking about how sad it was.
lowkey the worst aronofsky film i've seen...still a good watch with good performances and directing of course but still...it could've been better? the ending is meh honestly and the only heart felt moments are the father-daughter scenes
Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Rourke have created a masterpiece here. A captivating film about a man whose fame is long gone but who still clings to the only thing he knows. A man who is broken, both in body and soul. It may not ever go anywhere that is unpredictable, but the central performances are sensational and the story raw. As others have noted, a perfect companion piece to Black Swan.
'The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me.'
There is a certain way how Aronofsky dances around the topic of death and passing. It's like someone has talent for different genres he has a method creating a dark and depressing but solely realistic atmosphere where the characters have to survive such torment that makes anyone cry.
When I first encountered with this movie I wasn't really expecting this, I had no idea what kind of movie is this, actually I thought it's gonna be a sport related thing but with the less than 20 minutes of actual wrestling it was quite clean that it's a different kinda deal. It's the heavy…
Mickey Rourke gives a career best performance here as a down on his luck wrestler struggling in life. You really care about him and connect with him so much, and that's what makes this film great. You also have crisp cinematography, really good supporting work from Marisa Tomei and some well done wrestling matches. If that Chris Benoit biopic is anything like this then we'll have another winner with that one.
I used to really like The Wrestler, but after re-watching it it really did something for me and I now love this film!
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