ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – W – The Wrestler (2008)

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writer: Robert D Siegel (Screenplay)

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens

 

Plot: A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.


Tagline – Love. Pain. Glory.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Modern Great

 

Story: The Wrestler starts as we follow Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson (Rourke) a once icon of the wrestling business, still working small events where he is the star attraction but struggling to make ends meet on the payment for his own trailer park home. Randy is close with the everyday people in his life and has his own go to stripper Cassidy (Tomei).

One night after another show stealing performance Randy suffers a heart-attack where he is warned not to continue wrestling or it will kill him. Randy tries to rekindle his broken relationship with his daughter Stephanie (Wood) while balancing the idea that he could have one final big payday, a rematch against his biggest rival.

 

Thoughts on The Wrestler

 

Characters – Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson was once the biggest name in wrestling, now he is nearing retirement where he still performs in small venues. His life is turned upside down after a heart attack where he must decide whether to step away from the limelight or continue performing and risking his health. As a wrestling fan this is an interesting character as it shows just how far someone with go to perform for their fans. Cassidy is the stripper that Randy has become friends with over the years, she keeps her personal life away from the clients but when Randy wants to make their friendship more it turns into a pivotal moment in her life too. Stephanie is the daughter of Randy, he was a terrible father when she grew up, but can she forgive him to start a fresh now, that is the question.

PerformancesMickey Rourke does give the performance of his career here, he breaks away from anything we would know him to make us feel everything we see him go through. Marisa Tomei is great as the stripper with a heart and Evan Rachel Wood continued to show us just how talented she was in her growing career of the time.

StoryThe story follows an aging star of a sport needing to face his own mortality or face losing everything. This is a subject which has always been a popular subject because it is icons who are the ones feel could never finish but once they are gone we miss them. Seeing it from the performers point of view works too because we learn what drives them in the one skill they always believed they had.

SportsThe wrestling sequences do give away secrets of the sport which are well known by now but at the time they were lesser known skills outside the business, but the fights feel as brutal as they seem.

SettingsThe settings show us just how far the once star has fallen from grace, he is now not the man he once was living in trailer park, fighting in small events over the big events he once did.


Scene of the Movie –
Pre-Match Speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me That ending.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the great movies of modern time, it shows the drive performers have to continue doing what they love when they shouldn’t anymore which is why this is a must watch for anyone who has a passion.

 

Overall: Must watch for all wrestling fans.

Rating

 

 

Turbo (2013)

logoDirector: David Soren

Writer: Darren Lemke, Robert D. Siegel, David Soren (Screenplay) David Soren (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Samuel L Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph

 

Plot: TURBO is a high-velocity 3D comedy about a snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident infuses him with the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the world’s fastest race, the Indianapolis 500. With the help of his tricked-out streetwise snail crew, this ultimate underdog puts his heart and shell on the line to prove that no dream is too big, and no dreamer too small.

 

Verdict: Animation Madness

 

Story: If you were to eliminate the idea of the characters this is actually a good story about chasing dreams even when the people closest to you don’t believe in you. It also is the old story of the underdog going up against the champion which is also a good watch. The problem here is it is about a snail racing human driver’s yes that is a big problem. The story does keep things rolling well but it is very hard to overlook the snail racer. (6/10)

 

Character Review

 

Turbo: The snail who dreams of becoming a race driver and when he gets a chance he will risk everything to make sure he gets that chance. Good leading character showing how much you need to risk getting what you want. (8/10)

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Chet: The over protective brother of Turbo, who plays everything super safe to make sure they get through the day, after they have to leave he has to face all his fears while his brother follows his dream. (7/10)

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Tito: The taco salesman who has come up with plenty of get rich quick plans over the years but this one is the maddest of all of them. (7/10)

 

Guy Gagne: The champion racer who is all face to the public but he will do anything to make sure he wins every race. (7/10)

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Director Review: David Soren – Puts together a good underdog story but is very hard to consider even for an animated film. (6/10)

 

Animation: The animation is all top level which is what you would expect with the technology we have now. (9/10)

Comedy: Doesn’t offer as much comedy as it should. (5/10)

Settings: Each setting is great for the story showing the safe home, the taco area to the race track. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the kids I don’t see many people really enjoying as a casual watch otherwise. (Kids Will Be Alright)

 

Best Part: The race is edge of the seat.

Worst Part: It’s a snail racing, come on.

Action Scene Of The Film: The race

Believability: (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $283 Million

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline: Slo no mo.

 

Overall: Simple Children’s Animation

Rating 60