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The Wrestler: Champion of the Wring?

I finally watched Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler last night. Haven’t been so bummed by a heavily acclaimed movie since Monster’s Ball.

Don’t get me wrong: As a faux documentary of a washed-up wrestler, it’s a great movie, the characters are realistic, and the production is well made. The movie deserves the praise that it received during the last Oscar season. But, damn, what a downer.

If you want to save yourself a couple of hours and what little shred of hope you might have left for happy endings, let me give you this totally spoiling summary of the film:

Mickey Rourke makes bank off of looking like a giant clay troll doll, blows a chance to reconnect with his estranged daughter, nearly hooks up with Marisa Tomei, and then self-destructs in a rematch with his old wrestling arch-nemesis.

It wore me out.

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