Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Wrestler

monkeyrating: 9/10

genre: Drama

waddabout: An aging and fading away professional wrestler faces retirement... but finds having to struggle with life outside the ring to be a spirit crushing fight.

I say: must watch for Mickey Rourke's performance that seems truly drawn out of personal experiences (which btw is true)

must watch for a story that touches you and makes you cry

and definitely must listen to for a soundtrack that's just so perfect for the moive that it flows with your tears.

Its a father-son, father-daughter, aging human being must watch!

monkeyrespect to: Actor Mickey Rourke for an amazing performance....
and Director Darren Arnofsky for making a simple story so deeply moving

Watch the trailer: 

The movie always reminds me of a song that had a music video - which is a legend today. The music video that serves today as Johnny Cash's epitaph in film. I can feel the same emotion in this song as in the film as in the video!

There may be no better back story in the history of music videos than for the Mark Romanek-directed clip of Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." Filmed just seven months before the Man in Black's death, Romanek juxtaposes images of the then 71-year-old Cash with footage of him from his earlier years. Romanek doesn't romanticize the legendary country star: filming took place at the derelict House of Cash museum in Nashville and the camera lingers over fruit and flowers in various states of decay ("That's when I got the idea that maybe we could be extremely candid about the state of Johnny's health, as candid as Johnny has always been in his songs," said Romanek). It won a slew of awards, remains many people's favorite video of all time and tugs at the heartstrings upon each and every watch. By the time it ends with Cash closing a piano and brushing his hands over it, his epitaph has not so much been written as filmed.

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