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The UnPopular Opinion: The Wrestler

11.20.2013

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

After watching the new trailer for NOAH, I was prompted to go back and revisit all of Darren Aronofsky's films to date. Comments on NOAH's trailer ranged from calling Aronofsky a sell-out or praising the film's visuals. But, the majority questioned whether or not Aronofsky's first big studio film would signal the end of his run of quality films versus mainstream movie-making. As a big Aronofsky fan, I am very worried about NOAH, especially if the studio takes over the final cut of the film. But, NOAH is not Aronofsky's first foray into mainstream movie-making. Back in 2008, Aronofsky made his weakest film to date, the vastly overrated THE WRESTLER.

During his career, Darren Aronofsky has written all of his own movies. From his brilliant debut PI to REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and THE FOUNTAIN, Arronofsky was able to convey elaborate plots and original stories that would have stymied weaker filmmakers. What made these movies so good was that they did not rely on standard filmmaking techniques or narrative devices. Arronofsky signalled to Hollywood that he was a fringe director with a distinct voice. Then, THE WRESTLER happened. There is nothing special about THE WRESTLER visually or thematically that has not been done countless times before. Much like David O. Russell's THE FIGHTER, which Aronofsky was attached to direct at one point as well, THE WRESTLER is all about the performances while the film itself is left to suffer.

Damn, Kathleen Turner is looking rough.

Mickey Rourke is the crux to THE WRESTLER. It is his performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson that makes this movie worth seeing. Rourke gives the best performance of his career in this movie by creating a haunted and broken man trying to reclaim one last shot at happiness. While Rourke is truly great in this part, there is nothing new here. Part ROCKY and part generic sports underdog story, THE WRESTLER hits every note you would expect. While Aronofsky and screenwriter Robert Siegel elect not to wrap the story with a happy ending, the ambiguous ending itself feels unoriginal and expected.

Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei play their roles well enough but their characters could easily have been called Stubborn Daughter and Stripper With The Heart of Gold. I would never object to seeing Marisa Tomei's ta-tas, spectacular as they are in multiple scenes in THE WRESTLER, but you can easily predict every line of dialogue she says on screen. She remains a two-dimensional character in a movie populated by two-dimensional characters. The only fully fleshed out character is Randy the Ram. In fact, Rourke is able to play dual characters: the broken man behind the wrestler, Robin Ramzinski, and his larger than life persona as The Ram. What does that say about a movie where a single actor is able to portray that duality on screen while an entire cast of others are mere shells that exist to progress the main plot?

I really wish I didn't have to crop this photo.

If we look at the two movies that Darren Aronofsky has directed and not written, THE WRESTLER and BLACK SWAN, the key difference is his approach to lensing and structuring the movies. While BLACK SWAN is a melodrama, it wallows in it's own paranoia and psychological discord and puts that on screen so that we can feel what the main character is going through. The sheer insanity of the story is what propelled Natalie Portman to her deserved Best Actress win at the Oscars. What kept Mickey Rourke from taking home the Best Actor prize for THE WRESTLER is that we never relate to his character. While the movie is shot in a hand held style that lends a documentary feel, THE WRESTLER is a static movie that we can not truly delve into.

Everything about professional wrestling is fake which is fitting since nothing about THE WRESTLER feels real. Too much focus was made trying to make Rourke's character feel real enough that you could relate to him and his plight with his daughter, his health, and his place in life, but then nothing is done to actually make you feel with him. Instead, you feel for him as he breaks down and ransacks his place of work, as his daughter rejects him for missing a dinner they were to have together, and as his body is mended with staples after an in-fight injury. You sense the pain because it is blatantly on screen, but you never truly feel sorry for Rourke's character in an authentic way.

Evan Rachel Wood was the top contender for Whiplash in IRON MAN 2 until Rourke stole her thunder.

Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct the reboot of ROBOCOP as well as what became James Mangold's THE WOLVERINE. Both films could very easily have been phenomenal if Aronosfky had been given free reign to use his range of directorial tricks, but studio interference would likely have doomed those films as well. We may never know, but if we look back at THE WRESTLER as a sample of what a mainstream Aronofsky film would look like, it instills little hope. Through the entirety of THE WRESTLER, I stretched my mind to see what made this movie a worthy addition to Darren Aronofsky's impressive filmography to date. The answer is nothing. THE WRESTLER does nothing to further Aronofsky as an an artist or a filmmaker. Rourke's performance is one to remember but because the film is not memorable in the least, many will only look back and remember THE WRESTLER when prompted to.

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4:05PM on 11/21/2013
I disagree with your opinion but I unlike so many people here understand that it's your opinion. I don't get why so many people freak out about these articles. Alex here is just saying how he felt and expressing his views. To tell him in your responses that he is wrong by writing this article just makes you an idiot because hey guess what? An opinion can NEVER be wrong. That's what makes them so great. So anyone saying he has "the wrong opinion" or whatever Just know that you are actually wrong
I disagree with your opinion but I unlike so many people here understand that it's your opinion. I don't get why so many people freak out about these articles. Alex here is just saying how he felt and expressing his views. To tell him in your responses that he is wrong by writing this article just makes you an idiot because hey guess what? An opinion can NEVER be wrong. That's what makes them so great. So anyone saying he has "the wrong opinion" or whatever Just know that you are actually wrong for saying that. Can anyone here honestly say they have never liked a movie that the majority hated or disliked a movie that the majority loved? No? Yeah I didn't think so. If you hate these articles so much stop reading them.
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5:54PM on 11/21/2013
The problem isn't the concept, its the execution. Alex is great when it comes to his 'Top Ten' articles, but he just isn't good at coherently presenting an argument, and then supporting his thesis...

The issue isn't the column, it is the column's writer...
The problem isn't the concept, its the execution. Alex is great when it comes to his 'Top Ten' articles, but he just isn't good at coherently presenting an argument, and then supporting his thesis...

The issue isn't the column, it is the column's writer...
6:21PM on 11/21/2013
Yeah if you want to say his execution is poor that's fine, I'm directing my comment at the people just telling him he's wrong.
Yeah if you want to say his execution is poor that's fine, I'm directing my comment at the people just telling him he's wrong.
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12:21AM on 11/21/2013
I had a mixed reaction to The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke was certainly at the top of his game acting-wise, but the movie itself didn't have much "oompf" to it. It plods and meanders quite a bit without much direction. The Ram isn't so much involved in a story as he is just trying to survive until the end of the movie. That said, it's never outright bad, and at times it's downright educational when it comes to behind-the-scenes in the local wrestling biz.

I do want to object however to this
I had a mixed reaction to The Wrestler. Mickey Rourke was certainly at the top of his game acting-wise, but the movie itself didn't have much "oompf" to it. It plods and meanders quite a bit without much direction. The Ram isn't so much involved in a story as he is just trying to survive until the end of the movie. That said, it's never outright bad, and at times it's downright educational when it comes to behind-the-scenes in the local wrestling biz.

I do want to object however to this constant notion that Aronofsky should have helmed The Wolverine, or that he should be involved with Robocop. No, no, and no. Aronofsky, for all his talents, is not an action movie director. He makes artistic flair like The Fountain and Black Swan. What in all of his career has he ever done that suggests he should direct an action-oriented franchise comic book flick? That would be like hiring Quentin Tarantino to direct Steel Magnolias.
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2:26AM on 11/21/2013
Well said. I know it's cool to say "Aronofsky should have made Wolverine", but not if you really think about it. Aronofsky, for all his talents, would have tried too hard to turn that movie into something it's not. Mangold did a fine job. Aronofsky's version would have just come off as pretentiously-artsy.

Btw, I love Aronofsky's films. But he's has his limitations and Wolverine isn't right for him.
Well said. I know it's cool to say "Aronofsky should have made Wolverine", but not if you really think about it. Aronofsky, for all his talents, would have tried too hard to turn that movie into something it's not. Mangold did a fine job. Aronofsky's version would have just come off as pretentiously-artsy.

Btw, I love Aronofsky's films. But he's has his limitations and Wolverine isn't right for him.
10:28PM on 11/20/2013

Really?

Another awful, miscguided article about a beloved and excellent film. Yeah, you are free to your opinion so you can have that, but for the love of God Joblo, what's the point of these articles, strictly designed to piss people off?
Another awful, miscguided article about a beloved and excellent film. Yeah, you are free to your opinion so you can have that, but for the love of God Joblo, what's the point of these articles, strictly designed to piss people off?
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3:46PM on 11/21/2013
The point is to start a discussion, if a person's opinion of a movie really pisses you off that much maybe it's time to take a look at your life and reevaluate some things.
The point is to start a discussion, if a person's opinion of a movie really pisses you off that much maybe it's time to take a look at your life and reevaluate some things.
3:48PM on 11/21/2013
Oh and the other obvious point is to have articles that people want to read and will bring traffic to the site. It is clearly working too because you keep coming back and reading these articles you hate so much.
Oh and the other obvious point is to have articles that people want to read and will bring traffic to the site. It is clearly working too because you keep coming back and reading these articles you hate so much.
9:19PM on 11/20/2013

Angry Rant Mode: Engage!

I'm so sorry about this, but every time I see the line "Everything about professional wrestling is fake", I just have to go off on a rant. It's scripted, rigged, poised, and produced with a storyline. It's as "fake" as any other TV series, with the only jarring difference being that every stunt in this series is real, it hurts, and people do get injured. The falls are real, the pain is real, and it takes immense athletic abilities to pull off those moves. It's an artform, and one that should
I'm so sorry about this, but every time I see the line "Everything about professional wrestling is fake", I just have to go off on a rant. It's scripted, rigged, poised, and produced with a storyline. It's as "fake" as any other TV series, with the only jarring difference being that every stunt in this series is real, it hurts, and people do get injured. The falls are real, the pain is real, and it takes immense athletic abilities to pull off those moves. It's an artform, and one that should never be called "fake".

*Huff huff huff*. Anyway, I liked The Wrestler. As a pro-wrestling fan it was kinda cool to me, since I know that Ram's problems are very real things that wrestling veterans go through.
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3:51PM on 11/21/2013
Dude obviously what they do physically is real, the fake part comes in with the story lines and who wins the matches. No one is saying that hitting the mat doesn't hurt. It just isn't a sport that has an undecided outcome.
Dude obviously what they do physically is real, the fake part comes in with the story lines and who wins the matches. No one is saying that hitting the mat doesn't hurt. It just isn't a sport that has an undecided outcome.
3:53PM on 11/21/2013
What I'm saying is I would rather watch something that is REAL competition like football or basketball. In that sense I'm sorry but wrestling is fake.
What I'm saying is I would rather watch something that is REAL competition like football or basketball. In that sense I'm sorry but wrestling is fake.
9:04PM on 11/20/2013
Aronoffsky has made one film that I really liked, The Fountain, I bought it and have watched it 2 times since, both times I felt liked I liked the movie less. So IMO Darren has yet to make a great film.
Never seen Pi
RofD - strange film, I saw it quite a bit after the initial hype, didnt get it then, don't get it now.
Fountain - still wish Brad Pitt didn't drop out, but Hugh Jackman gives one of his best performances, I like this movie for personal reasons and for the non traditional use of
Aronoffsky has made one film that I really liked, The Fountain, I bought it and have watched it 2 times since, both times I felt liked I liked the movie less. So IMO Darren has yet to make a great film.
Never seen Pi
RofD - strange film, I saw it quite a bit after the initial hype, didnt get it then, don't get it now.
Fountain - still wish Brad Pitt didn't drop out, but Hugh Jackman gives one of his best performances, I like this movie for personal reasons and for the non traditional use of little to no computer graphics... There's still A LOT WRONG WITH IT.
The Wrester - a made for tv movie by Aronoffski = award bait.
Black Sawn - A case of people liking their own interpretation, the movie had 5 minutes of plot.

Want to dislike me more, you know who he reminds me off, The Cohen brothers, critics love them no matter what and I think they make crappy movies (CB have made 2 films I would give a passing mark too)
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6:43PM on 11/20/2013

The Wrong Opinion

You bash an excellent film like The Wrestler, yet you praise mind numbingly awful crap like Battleship and Sucker Punch... don't get me wrong, you are entitled to your opinion. And the rest of us are entitled to not take you seriously.
You bash an excellent film like The Wrestler, yet you praise mind numbingly awful crap like Battleship and Sucker Punch... don't get me wrong, you are entitled to your opinion. And the rest of us are entitled to not take you seriously.
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5:25PM on 11/20/2013
It might not have been no Requiem but it's still a good film none the less. I have to agree with everyone here, it truly deserved all the praise and acclaim it received. Rourke's performance was phenomenal.
It might not have been no Requiem but it's still a good film none the less. I have to agree with everyone here, it truly deserved all the praise and acclaim it received. Rourke's performance was phenomenal.
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5:22PM on 11/20/2013
I guess that's why it's called the Unpopular opinion. Not many feel as you. I don't. I really felt for this guy. I grew up watching WWF wrestling and while i knew it wasn't real it felt real as a kid. This movie moved the curtain back and showed somethings i didn't know. Like, how the wrestlers that used to be big have to do for money after they fade away. How they map out how the match is going to go. All of those things. I thought Mickey Rourke's performance was phenomenal. The director has a
I guess that's why it's called the Unpopular opinion. Not many feel as you. I don't. I really felt for this guy. I grew up watching WWF wrestling and while i knew it wasn't real it felt real as a kid. This movie moved the curtain back and showed somethings i didn't know. Like, how the wrestlers that used to be big have to do for money after they fade away. How they map out how the match is going to go. All of those things. I thought Mickey Rourke's performance was phenomenal. The director has a hand in how the performance he wants from the actor so thank the director to for that performance.
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5:17PM on 11/20/2013
Firstly, can we stop talking about Aronofsky like he isn't allowed to do a mainstream film. Why not? Because some entitled, artsy film goers demand that he stick to the 2 hours, metaphorical BS that certain people seem to like? I fail to understand why Noah is a bad move for him. The trailer was fantastic. Just because it's not loaded with symbolism and shifting imagery like The Fountain (which I mostly disliked) doesn't mean it will be any less a good movie. We obviously like Darren as a
Firstly, can we stop talking about Aronofsky like he isn't allowed to do a mainstream film. Why not? Because some entitled, artsy film goers demand that he stick to the 2 hours, metaphorical BS that certain people seem to like? I fail to understand why Noah is a bad move for him. The trailer was fantastic. Just because it's not loaded with symbolism and shifting imagery like The Fountain (which I mostly disliked) doesn't mean it will be any less a good movie. We obviously like Darren as a director, and a good director can handle good material. A lack of faith in Noah is a lack of faith in his ability to carry the movie, and I think that he will succeed. I mean, we can get behind his version of Wolverine, but not Noah? That makes no sense.

As for The Wrestler, I have absolutely no idea what you mean by the story having no thematical elements. What I am getting from this article is that Aronofsky has to stick to using befuddling and metaphorical imagery, or his films lose credibility. This comes from a mindset that an indie director with a certain style has to maintain that style or lose credibility. It's like the example of Black Swan, which used surreal imagery to make it's story and character compelling. It's not necessary for a good story and the absence of such filmmaking decisions from Black Swan wouldn't have hindered it because the story was good and the acting was fantastic. The Wrestler is a straightforward film that tells it's story on the level of our characters. Maybe you can't relate to it, but I could. I found a lot of relatability in Mickey Rourke's characters, especially since the only thing he was truly good at was the fictional sport of arena Wrestling. In fact, the entire film, from his relationship with his daughter to his career choices hinge on the very idea that there is one thing this man is good at, one true calling for him in life, and it's the one thing he keeps coming back to. The entire ending is a testament to this idea.

My one major issue with this article is that it is almost entirely based on how Aronofsky is viewed as a director. Had this film come from someone like David O'Russel, this article wouldn't exist. The film would likely be a bit different, but it's that kind of film. But because it's Aronofsky, there are expectations. I agree, it's a film that hinges very much on O'Rourkes performance, but that is entirely what the film is about, his performance as this wrestler. The film IS about him. If you can't relate to him, if you can't feel for him, then sure, you probably won't like it. But that doesn't make it a bad movie, not by a long shot. Mickey sure was believable to me because I've known people just like him, whose lives have been taken to the gutter. The only thing they have had left is the one thing in life they are good at, the one thing they keep coming back to. I guess if you can't relate to that, the film holds little weight, but if you can, the film speaks volumes and is worth of it's praise.
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1:23PM on 11/21/2013
(claps hands) Bravo
(claps hands) Bravo
4:04PM on 11/20/2013

Agree!

Totally agree with this article. It was certainly a fine performance by Mickey in an underwhelming film. I appreciated the amibiguous ending, but I too didn't think it was enough to save the formulaic plot.
Totally agree with this article. It was certainly a fine performance by Mickey in an underwhelming film. I appreciated the amibiguous ending, but I too didn't think it was enough to save the formulaic plot.
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2:58PM on 11/20/2013
This section is starting to become "The Bad Opinion" . Just my opinion
This section is starting to become "The Bad Opinion" . Just my opinion
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2:34PM on 11/20/2013

It was no 'BattleShip' that's for sure...

I love the IDEA of this column...
I get what you guys want to do, and I am all for it. I really am...
But could we PRETTY PLEASE (with sugar on top) let another writer have a crack at writing this column...
Alex Maldy is degenerating from trolling in to self parody:
"...but then nothing is done to actually make you feel with him. Instead, you feel for him..."-HUH?!?
"you never truly feel sorry for Rourke's character in an authentic way"-Thanks for telling me what my emotional reactions
I love the IDEA of this column...
I get what you guys want to do, and I am all for it. I really am...
But could we PRETTY PLEASE (with sugar on top) let another writer have a crack at writing this column...
Alex Maldy is degenerating from trolling in to self parody:
"...but then nothing is done to actually make you feel with him. Instead, you feel for him..."-HUH?!?
"you never truly feel sorry for Rourke's character in an authentic way"-Thanks for telling me what my emotional reactions were to the film.
" Darren Aronosfky was attached to direct the reboot of ROBOCOP as well as what became James Mangold's THE WOLVERINE. Both films could very easily have been phenomenal if Aronosfky had been given free reign to use his range of directorial tricks, but studio interference would likely have doomed those films as well. "
-Fascinating, what does this have to with the writer's Thesis? What does this have to do, in anyway, with an analysis of the film?
This site's own guidelines tell you to post "with some weight behind it". Its time Mr. Maldy is held to that standard...
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12:29PM on 11/20/2013
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10:17AM on 11/20/2013

Disagree

I disagree with you on pretty much every point except how great Rourke is in the film.
I disagree with you on pretty much every point except how great Rourke is in the film.
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10:11AM on 11/20/2013

This is a good movie

You couldnt relate to the character. I on the other hand could. I felt for his character. I like this movie.
You couldnt relate to the character. I on the other hand could. I felt for his character. I like this movie.
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10:04AM on 11/20/2013

LOVE THIS MOVIE

I think I love this film so much because it was so simple and down to earth and it was easy to follow but still powerful and emotional. Yes I love Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan but I felt here Aronofsky did his trademark intense sequences with a more human touch. Where as in Requiem we see all the leads descend into madness in the finale and Natalie Portman's illusions backstage and during the show here we see an intense hardcore wrestling match you cannot take your eyes off. Yes, the plot
I think I love this film so much because it was so simple and down to earth and it was easy to follow but still powerful and emotional. Yes I love Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan but I felt here Aronofsky did his trademark intense sequences with a more human touch. Where as in Requiem we see all the leads descend into madness in the finale and Natalie Portman's illusions backstage and during the show here we see an intense hardcore wrestling match you cannot take your eyes off. Yes, the plot has been seen before and is not entirely original but I felt the film to be very real compared to others such as The Fighter where some of the boxing scenes come off as cliched. Like others have said, this is entirely your opinion but I think its a terrible one. To each their own. I agree with Jason below me that The Fountain is his weakest film. Bring all the thumbs down and comments on how I didn't understand it or appreciate, but god what a boring mess that film was.
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9:52AM on 11/20/2013

Wow, so much ignorance on display here.

Seriously, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if you're going to write a piece like this, at least know what you're talking about! "What kept Mickey Rourke from taking home the Best Actor prize for THE WRESTLER is that we never relate to his character. While the movie is shot in a hand held style that lends a documentary feel, THE WRESTLER is a static movie that we can not truly delve into." First of all, Rourke won PLENTY of Best Actor awards for the film from other awards shows and
Seriously, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if you're going to write a piece like this, at least know what you're talking about! "What kept Mickey Rourke from taking home the Best Actor prize for THE WRESTLER is that we never relate to his character. While the movie is shot in a hand held style that lends a documentary feel, THE WRESTLER is a static movie that we can not truly delve into." First of all, Rourke won PLENTY of Best Actor awards for the film from other awards shows and circuits. And the very fact that he was nominated and came very close to winning versus Sean Penn's Harvey Milk says much about both his performance AND the film. Furthermore, the "documentary film" comment is just ignorant. It's not like Aronofsky just stumbled upon it out of laziness. He was deliberately paying homage to the style of the Dardennes brothers, and stated as much in numerous interviews around the release of the film (for example, here's one: [link].

I don't know. This article rubbed me the wrong way. Again, as I said: I'm all for polarizing opinions and shit, but don't try to justify your gut reaction to a movie by making shit up (like trying to discredit the film's quality because Rourke didn't win an Oscar when he won tons of other awards that year) or trying to discredit its style because, frankly, you didn't understand it.
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9:50AM on 11/20/2013
I thought this was a great film, but I had seen "Beyond the Mat" before seeing this film. You see that the Ram was based on Jake the Snake.
I thought this was a great film, but I had seen "Beyond the Mat" before seeing this film. You see that the Ram was based on Jake the Snake.
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9:46AM on 11/20/2013
The story of The Wrestler is the same old plot that we've seen in lots of movie but it's Mickey Rourke's performance that made this movie stands out. He carried this movie with flying color. And I love that Kathleen Turner joke.
The story of The Wrestler is the same old plot that we've seen in lots of movie but it's Mickey Rourke's performance that made this movie stands out. He carried this movie with flying color. And I love that Kathleen Turner joke.
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9:08AM on 11/20/2013
The wrestler was a fantastic film. His weakest film is the fountain. I stopped reading this article after vastly overrated film.. Get a clue
The wrestler was a fantastic film. His weakest film is the fountain. I stopped reading this article after vastly overrated film.. Get a clue
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10:00AM on 11/20/2013
Fountain weakest? Another unpopular opinion . . .
Fountain weakest? Another unpopular opinion . . .
10:41AM on 11/20/2013
If by "weakest" you mean "best", then yes, I agree.
If by "weakest" you mean "best", then yes, I agree.
10:51AM on 11/20/2013
In my opinion, I think The Fountain is his best film.
In my opinion, I think The Fountain is his best film.
5:21PM on 11/20/2013
I agree. The Fountain was a great story told through a weak narrative. It has many great, shining moments, but as a whole, it disconnects and leaves a lot to be desired.
I agree. The Fountain was a great story told through a weak narrative. It has many great, shining moments, but as a whole, it disconnects and leaves a lot to be desired.
8:51AM on 11/20/2013

Disagree...

I honestly think this is Aronofsky's true masterpiece, even more-so than REQUIEM. Mickey deserved that Oscar over Penn.
I honestly think this is Aronofsky's true masterpiece, even more-so than REQUIEM. Mickey deserved that Oscar over Penn.
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8:45AM on 11/20/2013
All I'm saying is I could watch Mickey Rourke working at a deli counter for hours on end.
All I'm saying is I could watch Mickey Rourke working at a deli counter for hours on end.
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8:44AM on 11/20/2013

Completely agree

By no means a bad film. The Wrestler is definitely the weakest of the bunch when it comes to Aronofsky's filmography overall.
By no means a bad film. The Wrestler is definitely the weakest of the bunch when it comes to Aronofsky's filmography overall.
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8:40AM on 11/20/2013
The Wrestler, and I've felt this since I first saw it, is a film made by the performances. The plot is unremarkable to the point of being predictable, and if you have the vaguest understanding of what pro wrestlers put themselves through then you won't learn much watching it either, but Rourke & co's performances are committed enough to make the obvious plot beats unimportant. Despite the narrative, despite the "real-life-story tv movie" vibe to the whole thing, the performances pull The
The Wrestler, and I've felt this since I first saw it, is a film made by the performances. The plot is unremarkable to the point of being predictable, and if you have the vaguest understanding of what pro wrestlers put themselves through then you won't learn much watching it either, but Rourke & co's performances are committed enough to make the obvious plot beats unimportant. Despite the narrative, despite the "real-life-story tv movie" vibe to the whole thing, the performances pull The Wrestler into much more special territory, and as such it stands as an excellent film, despite itself.
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