Randy is a lonely professional wrestler pushing 50, who can now only look back on a once glorious career. These days, regional exhibition matches have replaced screaming headlines in sports magazines, and when he starts to have health problems, The Ram knows he’s at one of life’s major crossroads.
A Golden Lion winner at Venice, Darren Aronofsky directed Mickey Rourke in this stirring Oscar-nominated comeback performance. Framing the gritty, physical world of professional wrestling with meticulous hand-held tracking shots, the film digs into the emotional core of a man at the end of his rope.
Were it not for Aronofsky I never would've watched this. I don't like sports, let alone their movies. But I would've been missing out on something so achingly painful and tender. Every bruise, every sacrifice, every bad decision Randy makes compounds until he is nothing but an open wound. Incapable of healing, he makes the only decision he can. Incredible cinematography and writing make this painful but rewarding.
Mickey Rourke is The Wrestler and The Wrestler is Mickey Rourke. The most down-to-earth film by Aronofsky is sad and violent but with some soft spots. You might say that everything is staged in wrestling, but the blood and the bruises are real.
i'm a big fan of pro wrestling, maybe its scripted or they faking it, but just like roger ebert said, when the hero hits the floor, its real. no matter how much they faking it, its always real in the end.
Mickey Rourke delivers honest, natural and heart breaking performance in this movie. He and other characters makes the audience feel drawn into this world of wrestling. But this movie is much more than just about wrestling, it also flows like a haunting portrait of loneliness. But as for the ending, I felt like it was left incomplete. It's the performances that made this movie for me.
Simple but generally effective character study told with an economy and uncluttered focus. The performances are well judged and the pervasive air of melancholia is sustained almost throughout and helps smooth over the odd hackneyed moment.
Solid, Rourke really is outstanding, but I have to admit to not being as floored by it as I thought I would be or as others I know were. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but not sure it's one I care to return to anytime in the near future.
Predictable and uninspiring. Sure it is well made and hits all the right notes for this type of movie. But that is the problem! Nothing surprises or challenges the viewer on any level which is a shame. Fine performances though.
aronofsky,and all of the cast (especially mickey rourke,in a definite classic performance,too bad he is robbed by that men named sean penn,sh*t)makes this movie felt so real that i thought i watched a documentary feature about some real life wrestler,while in fact,it is only a fiction