#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. As he faces health problems that may end his wrestling career for good he attempts to come to terms with his life outside the ring: by working full time at the grocery store, trying to reconcile with the daughter he abandoned in childhood and forming a closer bond with a stripper he has romantic feelings for. He struggles with his new life and an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, which may be his ticket back to stardom.
Plot: Aging wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin’ to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can’t resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.
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Honest to the core!
I caught an advanced screening of The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke last night in Hollywood, CA. Following the screening was a Q&A session with Mickey Rourke, Darren Aronofsky, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, and film composer Clint Mansell.
Mickey Rourke delivers one of the most honest and heart breaking performances I’ve seen from an actor. Very rarely do you see an actor come back with such a role. He is truly extraordinary in The Wrestler. There are times in this film when I wonder just how much of this is Mickey in character as “The Ram” or Mickey reacting as Mickey to a situation similar to what he went through in his “lost years”. The parallels are astounding. There is a scene when Randy “The Ram” is in the ring and he points to the audience “It is not over until you tell me it’s over”. Is it Mickey or Randy talking there? As a newly revived Mickey Rourke fan, I can tell you this audience member says it’s just beginning Mickey!
Marissa Tomei delivers a stellar performance as an aging exotic dancer the parallel story to Mickey’s character “The Ram”. Evan Rachel Wood really brings it as “The Rams” angry, abandoned and emotionally exhausted daughter. The chemistry between Mickey and Evan is breath taking!
Darren Aronofsky delivers this story to us with honesty, realism and artistic skill. I think this young director will be around making fantastic films for some time to come. At least I hope he is!
You can’t go wrong with this film. It is rock solid to the core!
Facts from the Q&A
Only the 3rd American Film to with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
The film was made for $7 Million.
The filmscore is more atmospheric as the composer did not want to interfere with the documentary feel of the film.
Mickey Rourke trained for 6 months to get to the wrestling weight of 235 for the film. Weight training, wrestling training and eating 5,000 calories.
The scenes of Mickey Rourke and Evan Rachel Wood were as real as they could get. The actors put on music before the scene and just talked about their real life and Mickey’s parallels to the film. When the director felt they were there he would yell action and they would work through the scene.
The scenes back stage with the wrestlers were all real as well. The crew would go to wrestling matches and film the wrestlers before/after matches. Mickey would walk in and introduce himself (in character) and the scene was improvised.
The film was about 20-30% improvisation from the actors.
A Haunting Portrait Of Loneliness
Wow, what a sordid but fascinating film. I can why Mickey Rourke won so many awards for his performance, too. The same goes for the film.
The film was shocking to me: For instance, it was a shock seeing Rourke -“Randy The Ram” – with the long, flowing blond hair and rippling muscles. Hey, it’s not that former boxer was ever in bad shape, but he never had muscles like this either. The man must have pumped a lot of iron to get ready for this role as an aging wrestler.
Another shock was seeing Maria Tomei, of “My Cousin Vinny” fame, naked – and in that state in more than one scene. She didn’t leave much to the imagination as “Cassidy.” A third shock was seeing some of the early wrestling scenes. Yeah, pro wrestling is rough stuff and it’s bloody and it’s fake, etc., but the scenes in here are pretty brutal, more than I’ve ever seen on TV. The one extended match with the “staples” was pretty gruesome.
Evan Rachel Wood is convincing as Randy’s daughter “Stephanie.” This 21-year-old is no stranger to acting, having been doing it since she was four! The scenes with her and her dad are memorable.
When the shock of the above scenes of sex and violence (and language) fade away, underneath it all is a very tender, sad tale of a lonely man who invested too much in his career and, after coming close to mortality, realizes the important of family and simply being loved by anyone. That’s what sticks with you long after the film ends. Loneliness can be a killer.
“Randy” tries to mend fences and post a few himself – in his final quest not to wind up as an island in this world of humanity – with both successful and unsuccessful results. Sometimes you can never change what you are, and sometimes you can. Both of those are demonstrated here in this oddly-edgy-but sentimental film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min)
Genre Drama, Sport
Director Darren Aronofsky
Writer Robert Siegel
Actors Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis
Country USA, France
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 58 wins & 91 nominations.
Production Company Protozoa Pictures, Wild Bunch
Sound Mix DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Camera Arriflex 416, Zeiss Ultra 16 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory PostWorks, New York (NY), USA, Technicolor, New York (NY), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length 3,014 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak Vision2 200T 7217, Vision3 500T 7219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 16 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (blow-up)