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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…
Aronofsky deja de lado cualquier extravagancia para filmar una historia sin concesiones, sobre un hombre condenado al fracaso y la soledad. Mickey Rourke deja la piel en un papel muy símil a su propia experiencia, y el resultado es ciertamente demoledor.
El tratamiento visual me recordó bastante al proveniente de los documentales, incluso del Dogma 95, y vaya que combina esto con el guión.
Aronofsky está sin dudas entre mis realizadores contemporáneos favoritos, incluso teniendo a cuestas ese fracaso de ''Noah''. Lo suyo es el indie, no el blockbuster.
Mickey Rourke's performance in "The Wrestler". The man has, and probably always will be, a terrific actor - even when he reduces himself to some of the most terrible stuff imaginable. There are pathos of himself in "The Wrestler", for sure, but they are played on by Rourke with primal naturalism. Notice in sequences such as the way his eyes look when he tells his daughter how much he really wants to be forgiven - or the way he smiles in reaction to his friend finally confessing her love for him. Darren Aronofsky sprinkles bits of Americana and late-80s nostalgia from the beloved sport for an authentic and deeply depressing story of a man losing touch with the only identity he ever formed for himself.
After an hour of Marisa Tomei's boobs and Mickey Rourke's ragged face, I was having a pretty tough time getting into this movie. I think I liked it? But I'm not sure if that was even the point. That ending, though....heartbreaking.
Randy the Ram is basically all the wrestlers from Beyond the Mat merged into one person.
Mickey Rourke is fantastic in this as is Marissa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. This film feels very real, you feel what The Ram is going through and even though he's more of an anti hero, you feel sorry for him and the situation he is in, albeit due to his own inabilities. Love the tracking shots in this, that follow the characters wherever they go, almost as if we are with them, right behind them along they journey.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Honest. Hurt. Mickey Rourke was the best possible actor for this role. I do believe this is what happens to wrestlers after their expiration and it's heartbreaking. Mickey's expression of pain and pride was so on-point. Perfect ending.
Darren aronofskys a fucking weird guy. I watched this with my dad. Its a good malaise movie
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