Sunday, February 7, 2010

My favorite 20 films of the 2000s: The Wrestler

These are my 20 personal favorite films of the 2000s and they are not being ranked according to any criteria, other than I love them. So here they are, in alphabetical order:

The Wrestler (2008) Perhaps no role in the past 10 years can come close to matching the perfection between character and actor as that of Randy ‘the Ram’ Robinson, portrayed by true life train wreck and possible redemption story Mickey Rourke in the Darin Aronofsky film The Wrestler. Unable to afford rent on his trailer or impress the sexy aging stripper at the local dive (Marissa Tomei) he falsely believes could be his chance at happiness, the Ram takes weekends off from his demeaning job at the local store to hurl himself around makeshift wrestling rings in the local gymnasiums, grasping at the remnants of a once top-of-the-mountain career in the world of professional wrestling.

Any money he once had is long gone, but his pride and desire are as strong as ever. Unfortunately for the Ram, his health is not cooperating. For a man who spends his Saturday nights having his face pressed into plate glass shrapnel and having his chest pierced with staples, a heart-condition is a little more serious than just taking a few pills. Having to make some difficult choices might seem appropriate, but for the Ram there is no choice, and this film ends just how we always expected that it would, with a final curtain call.

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