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The Wrestler

September 14, 2009


The Wrestler. A powerful, gritty film full of truth about the human condition. You can see how a slick but empty film like Slumdog Millionaire would trump a film like this in this grand ol’ America. We like our dreams glossy, our bodies pumped, and our mortgages subprime. But we’re going to pay for it much like Randy the Ram has to pay for it. The best we can hope for is to go out in a blaze of glory. This is a movie of consequence, about consequence. It has an astute eye for detail that brings you up close and personal with the characters. If the film is built out of archetypes and motifs that are tired and cliched (the down and out sports hero, the hooker with the heart of gold), it doesn’t matter. The art is in the execution, and Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) is one of the genius directors of our generation. And yes, Mickey Rourke is every bit as good as they say.

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