The WrestlerDirector: Darren Aronofsky
His sense of identity fading into nothingness after the spotlights dim and he experiences a close brush with mortality, a retired wrestler begins to evaluate his life while considering the comeback that could very well kill him in director Darren Aronofsky's poignant portrait of an introspective former superstar in the twilight of his career. Back in his heyday, wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was an icon in the ring. His image immortalized in action figures and video games, he would headline arenas across the globe. Twenty years later, those glory days have passed, and Randy is forced to earn his keep by brawling before handfuls of fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. In the wake of a heart attack, the former icon attempts to earn a little extra cash while working in a deli and making an effort to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). Yet, despite Randy's continued attempts at convincing local stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) to settle down with him in his humble trailer, the ring still calls to him. Later, when the prospect of a high-profile rematch with his longtime nemesis presents itself, Randy is forced to weigh his mortality against his desire to hear the crowd roar one last time. The Wrestler snagged two Oscar nominations, one for Best Actor (Rourke) and one for Best Supporting Actress (Tomei).
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- Original Release:
- Fox Searchlight
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Mickey Rourke||Randy "The Ram" Robinson|
|Evan Rachel Wood||Stephanie Robinson|
|Ernest Miller||The Ayatollah|
|Donnetta Lavinia Grays||Jen|
|Jim Black||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Suzanne Smith Crowley||Casting|
|Tim Grimes||Production Designer|
|Gabe Hilfer||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Ken Ishii||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Clint Mansell||Score Composer|
|Vincent Maraval||Executive Producer|
|Agnes Mentre||Executive Producer|
|Matt Munn||Art Director|
|Jacob Ribicoff||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Jennifer Roth||Executive Producer|
|Amy Westcott||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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This movie, along with Gran Torino, Let the Right One In, and the Fall, was one of the biggest snubs at the Oscars. As the headline suggests, Mickey Rourke put in a stellar performance as Randy, the likes of which I havent seen in years. This is not over the top. This is not your becoming-another-person kind of acting job. This is a pure, semi-autobiographical outpouring from an actor who was once the heir to Deniro. Marisa Tomei puts in a great performance as well, not really as a sympathy case, but obviously as someone who has been worn down and broken. The movie itself is quite remarkable as well, drawing to mind a more realistic sort of Rocky, without all of the pomp and circumstance. As I said before, this movie was criminally snubbed at the Oscars, but I believe it will find a huge following on DVD for years to come.
This is an awesome movie. PERIOD. as a film fan anyone will enjoy, but if you are a wrestler or a fan of wrestling you will appreciate it more. it does not blanket the whole industry like other films have (BEYOND THE MAT was an insult in many a way) but it does not sugarcoat it or give it a black and white facade either. Rourke's performance can be sympathetic but at the same time the film makes it clear that he is the reaper of what he sowed in his life.
My son has always followed professional wrestling. He thought it was well done and shows the other side of wrestling. It is not all showtime and glamor. It's tuff when it is all over.
I never cared for wrestling but this show was interesting since it showed how fake some matches are, while others are absolutely nuts. But I didn't care about what happened to Rourke's character for a moment, not even when he collapsed after the staple-gun match. I mean, what do you expect when you're willing to do something that freakin' crazy? Things didn't exactly get better for him as he made an effort to reconnect with his daughter and then - whoops! - failed to keep his promise to meet her since he had to get some sleep after engaging in hardcore drug use and sex with some fireman-obsessed bimbo who owns a ferret. What a great guy, right? What a dad. I mean, he doesn't just prove to be off his rocker, he also provides concrete evidence again and again that he's a complete idiot. Even the culmination of his attempts to return to his glory days in a contest with his archrival, of course featuring his signature move, rang very hollow for me. In sum, Rourke and Tomei were excellent in their portrayals but I couldn't connect with either one of them.
Hey, I had to force myself to watch a movie about wrestling. Also I'm no real fan of Mickey Rourke (think, "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"). So many people had told me this was a, "really cool movie" I finally accepted a friend's loaner DVD just to shut them up. Then I didn't take my eyes off the screen until it finished. The only slow parts of this movie are the introduced pauses used to illustrate the falsehood of professional wrestling. The slower sequences, such as in the deli, illustrate how likable the wrestler is and show that everything has some sort of worth. Rourke is fascinating. His character is truly tragic. Tomei's character is complex, and any red-blooded male would watch this just to watch her. The wrestling is just used as a stage for Rourke's hellish life. The film is shot in almost a "reality television" style, which draws you even deeper into the story, but it's the acting that really allows the suspension of disbelief. I not only started to like Rourke's character, I really felt for him. His victories are so tiny and meaningless, but you see why they matter to him. Tomei's acting is a perfect illustration of every crazy, conflicted broad you've ever known and reminds you why, in the end, you walk away from them. You're repulsed by many of the things Rourke's character does, but you understand why he does it and feel sympathy for him. This movie is up there with "Leaving Las Vegas" but probably above it because this is not a depressing movie. This movie shows how dignity can be drawn from even the shallowest, most meaningless existence and shows the hero going out with at least his own style.
This movie sneaked up on me after I watched it. It's not one of those movies you immediately like, rather you appreciate it more afterwards. One thing that bugged me to the point of distraction: The camera was constantly behind Micky Rourke, as if the cameraman was running behind him with the camera rolling. At first, I thought it was just a device to hide Rourke's hideous surgically transformed face from the camera,but they kept it up throughout the movie. Marisa Tomei looks amazing. I have no idea if she was a good actor in the movie, but she was very naked in the movie. Thumbs up for that. Evan Rachel Wood was underused, but she is an amazing actor. I'll watch this movie several times.
You've heard it by now but I'll say it again, Rourke's performance in The Wrestler pure is cinema. Support cast by both Tomei and Wood are both moving and memorable. Darren Aronofsky's Direction into a completely engrossing environment of the wrestling world gives fans and first-timers a smoke and mirror look on how ringside antics are choreographed and performed.