The Wrestler

three and a half stars out of five Truthfully, I expected to hate this. Not being a wrestling fan at all, I was also dreading an overdose of Hollywood schmaltz & sentimentality grafted onto the subject.

How pleasantly surprising, then to find this refreshingly confounding my prejudices (except for the wrestling, there was definitely plenty of that in there). It’s by no means a cheery watch, this gloomy tale of the low-budget end of the wrestling circuit, how it literally chews up & spits out its victims, who may well have nothing else to fall back on. It’s well put together & acted, but almost unbearably sad & bleak. There are no happy ever afters in this Grimm tale.

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