The Wrestler

February 1, 2009

Mickey Rourke. Darren Aronofsky. The Wrestler.

I was really looking forward to this; it wasn’t very local, but I finally got to see the work of one of my favorite independent directors in the movie theater. And what a wonderful experience it was.

The Wrestler seemed out of place with Darren’s other work. It is an obsessive quest movie, much like Pi, Requiem For A Dream and The Fountain. But where Pi was about being too interested in coincidences, and Requiem was being too dependent on drugs (both monetarily and psychologically), and The Fountain was being too stubborn (or too mortal lol), The Wrestler is completely and utterly understandable. It’s about doing what you want, and doing what you’re best at, even if the world has turned on you.

Ironically, Aronofsky uses new and different motifs when compared to his other films. Most of his other worked was compared to Kubrick (which I still don’t fully see, but it’s there in bits and pieces). Now he has his own. We are introduced to The Wrestler in shadow. By his back being lit. When we finally see his face he is at his lowest. His “girlfriend” is introduced very similarly – we mostly see her back until we see her face. And this is continued throughout the movie – a tracking shot of people’s backs are a constant motif.

It’s little things like that which has made Darren a unique director, and now that he’s done so he’s definitely become a favorite. There are points where the movie becomes too much of a drama, especially interactions with the daughter. But finally, Darren doesn’t make us stretch our imagination to understand wants and desires and needs. He finally brings himself to us, which is giving him all the hype the movie deserves.

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