The Wrestler

It’s destroyed every festival audience it’s come into contact with. It’s garnering Oscar buzz for Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Darren Aronofksy, and the film itself. It’s quickly swimming around in my mind as I try to figure out whether it’s my favorite movie of the year or simply in the top three.

Now, you can check out the trailer for it:

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The Wrestler is an incredible achievement that will hopefully be coming to a theater near you in its limited release run. The parallels between The Ram and Mickey Rourke are unmistakable, but the real story is that the film itself is an intimate look at a man who is coming out on the other side of his dreams. He’s discovered what he thought was love and is realizing that the cheers of the crowd are just not enough when he heads home to his trailer park at the end of the day.

It’s a raw look at very real people that give up their relationships for a passion. Fragile people engaged in a simple story with complex emotions. This trailer should give you just a taste of how sadly sweet Darren Aronofsky’s latest is.

The Wrestler hits theaters on January 16, 2009. You can see the trailer in high definition over on Apple. Also, have a look at the official one-sheet below.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to The Wrestler? Does it look like it deserves the hype? What would your wrestling name be? Mine would be The Existentialist, and my finishing-move would be where I confuse my opponent to the point where their head explodes or they cease to exist after realizing that reality is an illusion. An Illusion. Is Hulkamania running wild over your town?

The Wrestler One Sheet


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