The Wrestler

The Wrestler ★★★

need the scene of Mickey working a deli counter to be about 3 hours longer

I'd probably hate this if the wrestling sequences weren't so good. Aronofsky will always feel to me like a first year film student disguised as a Hollywood player. All of his Big Moments hit way too hard on the nose, like he's trying to make extra sure you got the point he was making with that visual metaphor. It's hard to tell if it's more lack of confidence or amateur instincts he never evolved out of. Either way, it's too predictable to not snort at when it happens.