Not to repeat myself, but I think the movie is great. I think Aronofsky’s contribution is comparatively underrated, as are the contributions of the writer, cinematographer, costumers, and the locations department, among others. I think Mickey Rourke is on a collision course with a little gold bald figure, and while I think Sean Penn is equally great in the same category, it’ll be worth it for the speech. Maybe most of all, when it comes to The Wrestler, I fuckin’ love the end credits song.
Due to some technicality or other, it’s not itself in the running for a little gold bald figure but it was written and performed by Bruce Springsteen which means that it’ll survive classification and live on into posterity. I bring up Springsteen specifically at this time because he has a new album out and he’s great. Springsteen is also currently DJing his own channel on Sirius Satellite Radio (where he plays great stuff like The Hold Steady, Jenny Lewis, Social Distortion, The National, and Calexico), and he and the E Street Band will be playing the half-time show at the Super Bowl, and these are probably not things you needed me to tell you.
Bruce Springsteen is one of my creative heroes. So while I did indeed live in
So plenty of people have suggested that it’s less than “cool” to be this big a Springsteen fan. He ain’t some 19-year-old French kid with ironic facial hair doing mash-ups at a basement rave, that’s true. I only say that some stuff may be temporarily cooler, and I like cool too, cool can be fun, but “cool” can also fade. Springsteen has been relevant for thirty years and will continue to be. He makes music that is durable, never disposable.
One reason for that is that Springsteen is one of the best writers that rock music has ever had. He has the ability to distill relatable emotions to accessible and [sometimes] deceptively simple lyrics. There’s no one better at conveying joy and desperation, often in the same song. To me, many of his songs are better than most movies. “
I also like Springsteen because he writes for the appropriate venue. The publicity on The Wrestler tells us that Springsteen wrote the song after Mickey Rourke sent him the script (not even the finished film.) Most of Springsteen’s songs sound best in one of two places – in a car, or performed by him, live. However, “The Wrestler” sounds best right where it lives, unspooled on a wide screen over a smash cut to black.
And now, the lyrics from “The Wrestler” –