The Wrestler (2008)


Movie Review

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood

Randy “The Ram” Robinson is an aging professional wrestler.  Once a celebrity who rose to fame in the 1980s, Randy now wrestles for the independent circuit in New Jersey.  Randy falls for an aging stripper named Cassidy (Marisa Tomei).  Like her, he’s gotten too old to do his job.  In fact, he has a heart attack after a hardcore match one weekend.  According to his doctor, his heart can no longer take the toll of wrestling, so Randy leaves his career behind and tries to start over working at a grocery store.  Meanwhile, he tries to repair a damaged relationship with his estranged daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood).  Finding no love from Cassidy, his daughter, or the outside world altogether, Randy decides to get back in the squared circle and compete again in the 20th anniversary rematch of his classic battle against the Ayatollah (Ernest Miller) despite recommendations against this from his doctor.

Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is a powerful sports film that resuscitated the career of Mickey Rourke.  As Randy “The Ram” Robinson, Rourke gives a gripping, mesmerizing performance.  With Rourke’s powerful acting and some great filmmaking, Aronofsky shows just how vicious and brutal the squared circle can really be.



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