Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wrestling with Ideas

After a hard work out the gym yesterday, I thought it would be best to cool down by going to see a movie. The local theater had just got in The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky. It stars Mickey Rourke in the performance of his life as a broken down man who is but a shadow of his former self. Once a professional wrestler; a golden god with his own action figures and video games, he now carves out a living working for the man at a grocery store on the weekdays and wrestling on the local level on the weekends. Where once he dished out pain.....painkiller are the only thing he is dishing now. He hates his job, has a daughter he hasn't seen in years who hates him and wants nothing to do with him, and has very little in the way of friends. He's a man who has lost nearly everything, but seeks redemption. And one last chance to show everyone that he can save himself. Its a movie that hit home for me in a lot of ways. Its a funny thing, but I think he, like myself, is almost thankful for what has happened to him. He doesn't see it that way at first, but in a way it has given him the chance he begged for. The chance to save ourselves.

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