June 22, 2010

The Wrestler

The Wrestler

Darren Aranofsky has always been one of my favorite filmmakers, with such greats as Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. But, his film The Wrestler is unlike I have ever seen in my entire life. The Wrestler depicts the life style of the modern wrestler, Randy The Ram (Mickey Rourke), who has to deal with the universal message of how it feels to get old. This message is amplified by his friend, a stripper (Marissa Tomei), who also has to deal with what it feels not to be old as your age grows and they go through an astounding revelation of what there lives actually have become. The Ram has a horrible lifestyle of staple guns to the chest and steroids, which he finds out are destroying his body. Watching Rourke hurt himself is horrible, but in a way his perfect portrayal of a tortured is mesmerizing. I can safely say that in all my days of movie watching, I have never seen such a film that’s directing and acting is of such a high standard that I feel such emotion for The Ram and the pain he has to endure. My Review: A+

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