The Wrestler / At the movies Jan 2009

Went to watch The Wrestler yesterday, Orange Wednesday and all that. It was going to be Slumdog Millionaire but it was too busy, and there was no way I was going to be able to take my McDonald’ses out of my jacket pockets and scoff them with so many people around.

The movie was engaging and different; it exceeded my expectations because I thought I knew the story and so it would drag on.

A brief synopsis of the plot:

The tale is set in Nazi Germany (as all good films with Oscar pretensions have to be). A much-decorated officer Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) in the Waffen-SS falls in love with Hanna Schmitz, a Dutch girl from a Jewish family (Kate Winslet), but he is sent by Wilhelm Keitel on an expedition to Bombay (Mumbai) in India to capture an elusive and endangered rare Mammoth Walrus nicknamed ‘The Wrestler’ (Mickey Rourke in an eye-watering performance. Literally.) Wandering through the slums of Bombay, Claus hears a fable from local quiz-show host Prem Kumar (Anil Kapoor) and realises that the walrus is a very curious case indeed. It is aging backwards, and instead of getting older it is getting younger everyday. This of course is causing all sorts of problems in its relationship with its mate Daisy Fuller (Cate Blanchett as a very convincing female walrus).

Amongst the highlights of the film are the gory 3D effects when a defiant Tuvia (Daniel Craig) emerges from the East European forest hideout he shares with other Jewish war refugees and gets a pickaxe lobbed into his face.

Some or all of the above may be untrue.

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