The Wrestler


Darren Aronofsky’s films (Pi, Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain) have thus far left people divided in their love for him. He makes those love ’em or hate ’em kind of movies. I have a feeling that Aronofsky’s newest, The Wrestler, might change all of that. It’s not nearly as wacky, confusing, or headache inducing as his others and has a touching story that a lot of people can probably connect with.

The Wrestler stars Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aging wrestler who is coming to terms with the reality of his life. He’s getting too old to wrestle, his family is gone, and he has no real friends. The closest friends he has are his much younger co-wrestlers, his pre-teen neighbors, and a stripper he maybe-kinda-sorta has a thing for (played by Marisa Tomei), none of whom he’s actually very close with.

Aronofsky has a running theme in his movies where he tries to make the audience feel as depressed and defeated as possible. He hasn’t made anything that would be considered a “feel good film” and The Wrestler is no different. We follow Randy through the depths of his tragic life and it’s filmed in such a realistic and intimate way that it almost feel like we’re watching a documentary.

The Academy gave The Wrestler a couple of nominations (Best Actor & Best Supporting Actress) and had this past year not already been filled to the brim with absolutely outstanding movies, I’d have expected this to receive a Best Picture nomination as well (and perhaps even win the award). The Wrestler is simply fantastic and it can still be appreciated even if you’re not a fan of wrestling or Darren Aronofsky.


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