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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…
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…
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 Wrestler tells the tale of an ageing wrestler's life & is a testament to the incredible sacrifices that these professional athletes make throughout their careers, just for the sake of entertaining us. Aronofsky's direction is very impressive, fight choreography is excellent, cinematography gives it a documentary feel & Clint Mansell's music doesn't play as big a role in this film as it has done in Aronofsky's previous works yet it is still effective in its small package but frankly, it's the performances that is the strongest feature of this film.
Mickey Rourke resurrects his career & even undergoes a self reincarnation with a powerful & explosive performance that is heart-winning & heart-wrenching at the same time. The sadness in his expressions & emptiness in his…
Say what you want about Mickey Rourke's acting performance (which was subtly awesome) and the emotionally charged story. What really makes The Wrestler work is Darren Aronofsky's incredible directing vision.
Aronofsky has painted a scenario that feels painfully real. I read the phrase "documentary-like" a lot when I read up on the movie afterward (I save reviews for AFTER I watch a movie--go figure), and that was definitely the word floating around in my brain while I was watching. The camera follows Rourke as though he is leading the action.
It is the little touches that really drive The Wrestler home--Aronofsky's dedication to showing the little mundane details that highlight Randy's isolation stand out strong, from the awkward meet-and-greet signing to Randy showering while trying to hold a bandage on his chest. It is all grimly realistic and the movie follows the realism to the end.
What a performance by everyone, but Mickey is simply heartbreaking. I cried like a baby. Superb film.
My second Aronofsky. Not quite as good as the masterpiece "Requiem for a Dream", but still very good.
And the performance from Rourke is flawless. Absolutely great.
The directing and writing, plus cinematography is great as well. Feels kind of redundant to mention it seeing as it's an Aronofsky movie - but I can't keep myself from it.
The story of Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is a sad, emotional, and somber tale that's not too uncommon in the wrestling world. Me being familiar with professional wrestling I think made it more interesting and fun to watch, although The Wrestler isn't just about wrestling. Mickey Rourke was perfect for this role, Evan Rachel Wood was great too. Most importantly though, Marisa Tomei's pierced nipples are pretty DAYUM nice and that's why I would recommend this movie.
Perhaps my favorite of Aronofsky's. Start to finish, AMAZING!
"The only place I get hurt is out there. The world don't give a shit about me."
Aronofsky's crushing portrait of a lonesome, detached and broken soul remains his best effort to date. One of my absolute favourite films and performances of all time.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- 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:…