Explores a lot of interesting themes inside the wrestling world and their consequences in their lives, excelling in demonstrating the rise and fall of second chances and the discouraging sense of void when dreams are interrupted. Yet, ultimately, it lacks a stronger fist to punch it higher.
Un relato acerca de la tristeza y la esperanza, una historia de redención y fracaso de una magnitud aterradora. Una fuerza incontenible, la fuerza del deseo por una vida más allá de la vida, incluso en la cara de la resignación. Una verdadera joya, incluso si es un pedazo de orfebrería viejo, oxidado, inservible.
With 'The Wrestler' Darren Aronofsky crafts an amazingly poignant and desolate film. This film is perhaps Aronofsky's most powerful film to date. Mickey Rourke delivers a career defining performance. Rourke feels like an exposed nerve in this film, full of raw anger and pain. This is a tremendous sports film that surpass the trappings of the genre and joins the ranks of great films like Raging Bull and Rocky.
Even without Mickey Rourke's powerful and strongly personal performance this would stand as a well conceived and skilfully directed story of dealing with time gone/going by. Underneath it, a subtle continuous comparison to American time lapse, devoid of mainstream political agenda and shallow proverbs.
Aronofsky surprises by telling a relatively simple, direct story. There is a weird inversion where the story is elevated by the casting of Rourke, whose career has basically seen the same trajectory as the character here. Such a sad, powerful film about people who have been failed by the American Dream.