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just went to see this, wasn't as moving as I was expecting. But Rourke was still fantastic.
it was just...hollow. nothing happened. the characters were dull. psh.
but I did feel there was something missing. I didn't really know what.
i'm not being critical for the sake of being critical, i genuinely thought it was...meh.
the bit where he sleeps with the blonde girl, I don't think his character would have done that.
he hangs out regularly in a skanky strip bar.
there's obviously a huge personal backstory that we're not shown whatsoever. i assumed he would have done stuff like that in the past. fuck groupies, do drugs etc.
he takes a chance with Cassidy/Pam and gets rejected so he goes back to what he knows - hanging out with wrestlers and getting hammered. It's hinted at in conversations with his daughter that this was pretty much standard behavior back in the day.
The scenes with his daughter were the one faltering note I felt (too many of the usual platitudes) but I thought it was desperately sad at times, and the final scene is judged perfectly.
there is very little to this. Apparently they originally wanted Nic Cage for the main role, and failing that, Sly Stallone. I think Rourke's performance makes this seem a lot better than it is.
but from the trailers and clips I've seen on tv I get the feeling that Cage would've been dire playing this
the power of the article is integral to the film, surely? that'd be like saying Kevin Shields guitar work makes 'loveless' sound a lot better than it is. it might be factually correct, but its such a large part of the work that its unfair to seperate it
Can you imagine how bad this film would have been with him as the lead? CAN YOU IMAGINE IT?!!!?"?"££:@:@:::::
I think Cage is one of the few actors who would have been ok in the role. If you've seen Leaving Las Vegas, then you'll know he is a very capable actor who can stoop the depths.
'According to Aronofsky, Cage pulled out of the movie because Aronofsky wanted Rourke as the lead character. Aronofsky stated that Cage was "a complete gentleman, and he understood that my heart was with Mickey and he stepped aside. I have so much respect for Nic Cage as an actor and I think it really could have worked with Nic but… you know, Nic was incredibly supportive of Mickey and he is old friends with Mickey and really wanted to help with this opportunity, so he pulled himself out of the race." '
I thought it was brilliant.
Nic Cage is the master of pulling out of movies. He actually makes money by attaching himself to movies and then pulling out at the last minute. He still gets paid and the movie just gets made with someone else. Quite well known for it.
but then; i am a bit of a wrestle geek
Funny how people say Mickey Rourke's performance was great, but then dismiss the movie. It's a character movie about one flawed guy, therefore it pretty much worked. Relatively low key for most of the film, but I thought the final minutes were superb. Sound, image and emotion all peaked in those final moments.
you cant seperate his performance from the movie imo.
i was watching it almost as if it was a documentary, i didn't think it as mickey rourke - you could believe that he was "The Ram".
i personally loved it, when you think it doesn't have 'much' too it, but i think it does its work very well.
it was at times desperately sad but at other times brilliantly funny. My only (small) problem was the lack of agenda or message. But having said that I have no beef against a film for the sake of a film. Will probably be getting this on doovde.
when they go to see overly-anticipated film. it's not at all desperate or lame.
BUT ANYWAY: i thought this film was fantastic and i loved it. 8/10. would watch again.
although seeing Mickey Rourke injecting steroids into his bottom on a big screen was a bit yicky
If the final shot had been 5 seconds longer I would've burst into tears
it had more heart than I ever thought possible in an Aronofsky movie.
Rourke was amazing, and he totally deserves all the praise he's been getting.
movie was a solid 7.5/10.
the staple gun scene was so hard to watch though
to do wrestling for real...
i thought the wrestling scenes looked more real in this film than they do in real life.