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Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Wrestler

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: When an aging professional wrestler's body starts to give up on him (Mickey Rourke), he is forced to realize that he has nothing left but his limited celebrity-- and celebrity doesn't pay the bills or fill the heart.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander, Ernest Miller, Dylan Summers, Tommy Farra

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. There are only two reasons to see this film. 1) You love the gore of professional wrestling. Or 2) You want to see Marisa Tomei naked and gyrating... Okay, so that second reason's not such a bad one.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It's a Darren Aronofsy film, so not very much, to say the least.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If you've ever been to New Jersey, the images of that depressing and desolate armpit of a place could bring back some painful memories.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Many of the critics are predicting it will, which makes me want to line them up and shoot them.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Mickey Rourke does make a massive comeback in this film, but that's not reason enough to sit through it. Marisa Tomei proves yet again that her Academy Award was not just a fluke-- only this time, she does it with no clothes on! And Evan Rachel Wood is the same as she ever was.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Not nearly as visually interesting as Requiem for a Dream, but Aronofsky does use little tricks to remind us that he's a professional, like continually shooting Rourke from behind, so that it always looks like he's about to enter a wrestling arena.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The story makes some interesting parallels between the way a wrestler and a stripper start out glamorous in their youth, only to become ridiculous as they age. Unfortunately for people in both professions, the bills don't go away just because you've passed 35 and outlived your usefulness. Yes, the movie is that depressing.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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1 comment:

Farzan said...

Good review, been dieing to check this film out