The Wrestler

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

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Don’t call it a comeback. Mickey Rourke portrays Randy ‘the Ram’ Robinson in this drama about a wrestler trying to find a place once elder sits in.

Randy ‘the Ram’ is trying to coop with falling out of the spot light.  We meet up with Randy present day, getting kicked out of his trailer, having to sleep in his car until he could do another low budget wrestling match. Randy takes a turn for a worse when he endures a heart attack.  After this set back, he sees what he life has become and decides he wants to change it for the better.  Randy finds comfort in Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), an exotic dancer he met at the local club.  She informs him, he should start by making things better between his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and him.  This is where Randy is either set for a comeback in the real world or in the ring.

There is a reason Mickey Rourke was nominated for an Oscar.  His portrayal of Randy was the best of his career, and in my opinion, best of the year.  Rourke was not the only performance worthy of an Oscar buzz. Marisa Tomei’s performace as Cassidy earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.  Evan Rachel Wood’s supporting role as Randy’s daughter was powerful and convincing.  You can tell this young actress has a career ahead of her.

Darren Aronofsky’s directing skills shined throughout this whole movie.  The camera work was wonderful, from the first person narrative approach to the extreme close ups of emotions.  The sound mixing along with the camera work made the movie a delight to watch.

Overall, the performances make this film’s story worth the time to sit down and watch the film.  This movie captivates the authenticity of being on the top and hitting rock bottom.  That being said this movie is not for everyone, while the story is well put together, the movie seems to drag on a bit.  So you should go into this movie knowing the movie has slow parts, but the acting is marvelous and will keep you fascinated.

Rating 4.5 out of 5