Mike Beversluis

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Wrassler


Succinctly, Aronofsky's The Wrestler is a route and cliched downer that was well-shot, and has affecting performances by Rourke and Tomei. Critics have been impressed by Rourke's acting, but really, he's only playing himself. Of course the subtext is Hollywood itself, and a lot of the empathy the movie is supposed to evoke is really only the actors and everyone else feeling sorry for themselves. That said, he's rather endearing, and I was rooting him even with the paint-by-numbers plot. Tomei is an equally predictable stripper with a heart of gold, but like Rourke, is charasmatic. Lots of sex and violins, Can't really recommend it. Aronofsky seems like he could really use some Prozac.

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