Sunday, January 4, 2009

Movie Review: Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler

Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler is gaining Oscar buzz at an alarming rate and since the start of the holiday season I've been eager to see if all the hype is worthy. Believe me when I say this, It is...

Visionary director Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain) is brilliant once again as he shoots this film with a documentary feel, which I felt really enhanced the overall, realistic nature of the film. He also does a hell of a job of making the audience give a shit about professional wrestling. The theme that I couldn't stop noticing throughout this film was that we as a collective audience, we often forget how much sacrifice and passion performers that we love put into their art. Aronoksfy bashes us over the head with the notion that performers are willing to kill themselves for their art, but I think you will agree that he does it in a good way.

As award season approaches, I'm sure that Mickey Rourke's name will shoot around as often as it must of been during the 80's when he made Kim Basinger eat all that shit in 9 1/2 Weeks. The 80's found Rourke on top of the world, but you can bet your ass that come February we will all be aware of how his failed attempt at professional boxing and some horrible film choices found himself fallen from Hollywood grace and into the gutter of lost chances. We will all get tired of hearing of Rourke as the 'Comeback Kid' or about 'His Performance of a Lifetime,' but we honestly won't give a shit, as the man has won himself at least an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor, if not the award itself. By watching this film you will also gain some respect for Professional Wrestling and probably start listening to more 80's hair metal, particularly RAtt's Round and Round.

The success of this film relies on Rourke's painful capturing of what it must feel like to fall from 'the top' all the way down into a living hell, where ends don't meet and you are surrounded by the poor decisions you've made throughout your life. Sure, Rourke might have lived this same sort of story and maybe another actor could have done a fine job with the role, but with Rourke's portrayal I believe it and I actually give a shit.

In short, see this film.

I've carefully tried not to mention too much about the plot or the supporting cast because I want you to go out and see this film without any overdrawn expectations or knowledge, I want you to just go let it surprise you on its own.

Below you will see a clip from The Wrestler, a scene with his estranged daughter that could very well be the deciding factor for Rourke's Oscar quest, as well as a scene from 9 1/2 Weeks, in which Rourke is a younger, more suave lady-killer with little regard for the future. Karma can be a bitch and like Justin says, "What goes around...Comes around." From the look, to the voice, right down to the overall image of the man, Rourke is certainly a different man.

Check it out.

Scene from the Wrestler, Rourke as Randy 'The Ram' Robinson:

Rourke During His Glory Days, Mackin' the Shit Out of Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks:

1 comment:

emjay said...

check the sign in the back .... "necro butcher sucks a fat dick"

is necro butcher in the movie?