Movie Review- The Wrestler (2008)

Posted: April 16, 2010 in Movie & TV Show Reviews and Thoughts, The Blog!

The Wrestler (2008)
Written by Robert D. Siegel
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei & Evan Rachel Wood
Run Time: 109 min.

Randy “The Ram” Robinson. In the world of “The Wrestler” that name is as equal as Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair in the real world. The Wrestler starts off with play by play audio over old news clippings of the Ram, played by Mickey Rourke, in his glory years as the top star in pro wrestling. We soon cut to present day as the Ram is now older, in pain, down on his luck and wrestling in local high school gyms and bingo halls. The Ram has gone through a lot since his days as a superstar wrestler, he as lost most of his money, lives in a trailer park, an alcoholic and has a extremely strained relationship with his daughter. While away from the ring, the Ram spends his days working at a local store and his nights at a strip club were he becomes very close with one of the dancers, played by Marisa Tomei. The Ram decides to take up a match at one of the local arenas, however this style is different from what he is used it. The Ram does battle in a Hardcore match, broken glass, staple guns and more are used. He is able to get through the match and even pick up the victory but while getting treatment by the medics in the back the ram starts to dizzy, and once everyone leaves the backstage area the Ram faints and ends up in the hospital. I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to view, however the Wrestler isn’t really a story about wrestling. It is a story about losing everything that you have, falling down so hard that you don’t know if you can come back up, but somehow, with what ever you have inside are able to get up just one more time. The Wrestler is a tremendous film, taking you behind the scenes in the world of professional wrestling while at the same time making you care about a character that doesn’t have much to really care about. Mickey Rourke rejuvenated his career in this Oscar nominated performance, and along with solid performances by Marisa Tomei & Evan Rachel Wood and along with actual wrestlers acting in the film, The Wrestler is definitely worth a look.

Average Movie Ticket Price– $10
“The Wrestlers” Ticket Price Worth– $8.50, along with a Large Buttered Popcorn, Medium Diet Coke & Snowcaps 🙂


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