The Wrestler Sequence Analysis

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I am going to give a detailed analysis of a sequence from The Wrestler (2008) directed by Darren Aronofsky. The source I have decided to use for this analysis is the screenplay of the film, rather than a downloaded version of the script. The sequence I have chosen begins at 32min of the film and continues until 41:09 min. I chose this sequence because it is the most important sequence in the film, as it has a major influence on the events of the script that follow, and according to Syd Field’s Three Act Structure, it is located at Plot Point 1. Often called a reversal, a plot point is an event that advances the plot in a new direction, and leading to the next act of the screenplay. Other screenplay experts, who agree with Field’s theories, have stated that Plot Point 1 is the moment when the hero takes on the problem. It is the true beginning of the story. At the beginning of the sequence, the character of Randy “The Ram Robinson”, the film’s protagonist, has just been treated by doctors after a brutal wrestling match, and has been left alone in his dressing him. He proceeds to walk over to his locker, but before he reaches it, his stares intensely at his left arm while clutching his chest, vomits twice and collapses on the floor. Randy has suffered a heart attack, and it is this event that thrusts the plot in a new direction, cementing this sequence as Plot Point 1. Previous to the heart attack, Randy had a wrestling career that had spanned over twenty years, reaching its peak in the 1980s, which can be seen through a montage of numerous newspaper articles and magazines, featuring Randy as a major professional wrestling star, at the beginning of Act 1. However, many years have passed since then and Randy is now an over the hill wrestler performing in local, small gyms and auditoriums on the underground circuit. Over the hill he may have been, with his cracking joints and weak lungs, he was still wrestling. However Plot Point 1 has now driven the plot in a new direction, Randy wakes up in the hospital. He learns he has suffered a heart attack and has went underwent a bypass operation. The doctor informs Randy that he needs to stop wrestling and quit drugs otherwise he could die. He is very unhappy with the news the doctor brings and the doctor becomes the antagonist to Randy. He goes to the pharmacy to collect his prescriptions and he is clearly embarrassed. When he returns home, he pays off his rent, and the trailer park manager allows him back into his trailer. Randy decides to take it easy and invites one of the children who live in the park to play an old Nintendo console, specifically a wrestling game featuring Randy himself. The leaves after one match, complaining about how boring and old the game is, and bragging about how he has “Call of Duty 4”, a new state of the art war game at home. The final scene in the sequence is when Randy goes for a light jog. He jogs for a short while before having to lean heavily on a tree, suffering from exhaustion and clutching his chest. He begins to cry from the great pain he is suffering, but also from the realisation that he is very alone in life. The sequence functions greatly as part of the overall script. As mentioned previously, it is the first plot point, which steers the plot in a direction, bringing a close to Act 1 and opening the beginning of Act 2. It has tremendous importance to the narrative because of its influence on the events that take place within Act 2. The heart attack leads to Randy returning to the local strip club and telling the character of Cassidy about what has happened to him. He talks about how lonely he feels, leading to her suggesting that he tries to rekindle his relationship with Stephanie, his daughter. He is hesitant at first but he agrees. This leads to a kindling relationship between Randy and Cassidy, he is not just another one of her regular customers at the strip club. Cassidy offers to help Randy find a present for Stephanie. As Act 2 moves...
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