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Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Wrestler

The Wrestler is a great film.

Mickey Rourke gives the performance of a lifetime - undoubtedly helped by the fact that the filmis somewhat autobiographical. None the less, his portrayal of an ageing, lonely, physically worn wrestler who was once the greatest in the world is stunning.

The somewhat farcical and comical world of pro-wrestling is given a poignant spin by director Aronofsky in this portrayal of man struggling to come to terms with his life. Faced with the prospect of no more wrestling, Ram (Rourke) looks for meaning elsewhere in his life. Without the routines of highlights and tanning beds needed for wrestling, he is left with emptiness in his life. Once he is taken out of his unusual and 'glamourous' lifestyle, Ram has to cope with the reality of everyday humdrum. Things in the real world clearly can never match up to the excitement and adrenaline of wrestling though.

This is a film about a quest for meaning, and doing what you love. The body may be weak but the spirit is always willing.

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