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.
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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.
what makes mickey rourke's performance so brilliant is the element of personal tragedy he brings to the role. he is absolutely heartbreaking. marisa tomei, too, creates such a human character out of what's really a stock role, and so her performance is just as poignant as mickey's for me
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
This movie would have been great... if they ditched the daughter character all together. Terrible acting and ultra mega cliche, this movie to have a page or two ripped from the life of Jake The Snake Roberts biography.