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Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Wrestler












"I'm an old broken down piece of meat and I deserve to be all alone, I just don't want you to hate me."
This is the last movie I saw in the theater and it was money well spent (but I would have preferred to pay $8 like the good ole' days). Okay I have to get this out of the way upfront: I can't believe that once sex symbol Rourke is now a crater faced lice infected creature--but his body was SICK in the movie, I must admit. For 52 years old, it's a surprise that his body could even get like that anymore. BUt I digress, I love the movie. The ending is a bit abrupt, but I won't give it away by saying much more than that. This movie mimicked Rourke's life. I felt like this was his life, just on camera. It was great. It wallowed in self-pity and agony, but reality all at once. Marisa Tomei, who I love, was good in the movie. I hope I look that good at her age! meow! Evan Rachel Wood was terrific. She embodies the whole angst-ridden teenager thing to a "t" in most her movies, but she really had my sympathy in this one. and think her angst was totally validated based on a father who was never there for her and only came around when he was on his last leg.
The first twenty minutes or so of the movie were pretty much wrestling scenes that made me kind of cringe, mostly because i wasn't sure Mickey was going to make it through them. But it wasn't just a movie about wrestling. It was about growing old and growing up at the same time. The movie was shot very grainy (is that a real word?), meaning it was totally clear and colorful but it was almost like it was shot on a low budget camera, but i think that made it all the more real. Like, the camera walked in the same stride as the characters on film--kinda bumpy, but cool. Check it out. Great performances, great story.

My rating: A

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