Monday, January 12, 2009

The Wrestler

Jodie and I saw Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" on the weekend,

Wow absolutely amazing. This movie without doubt has to win an Oscar for Mickey Rourke.

This is absolutely the best movie of the year (which is an amazing statement as we saw Milk with Sean Penn last weekend which was equally amazing but The Wrestler knocks it out of the park in a way that wont be replicated).

Without giving the story away, The Wrestler is about an aging wrestler looking at the abyss that is his future and wondering where it all went wrong.

I think the dread that Randy The Ram is facing will be lost on some in the audience, there was a moment where i heard some people in the back row laughing, in a scene where he was realising his body was breaking down and he didn't have a choice left in what his future held.

It's not only Rourke, there is an amazing demonstration of acting where Marisa Tomei shows the entire spectrum of emotions just using her face, from confident to the collapsed fragility of an aging stripper checking out the various 'marks' in the room and realising her time has come and her body cant earn her a living anymore.

Jodie and I were left sitting there as the credits rolled up, frozen with fear like a deer in headlights, this is a must see movie.

If you aren't old enough to have vivid personal memories of multiple scenes in "Nine 1/2 Weeks" then some of the movie will be lost on you, but if you have ever wanted to 'do it' in an open elevator loft then you are certainly going to be at that age were the chill of your future is traipsing at your feet.


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