The Wrestler [Blu-ray]
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Life imitates art on several levels in "The Wrestler". For example, the movie shows the dark side of steroid abuse that has caused a laundry list of wrestler deaths in just the past 10 years (the pressures of the Monday Night War era claimed the lives of countless wrestlers). Well, during the first backstage wrestling scene, Mickey Rourke's character shakes hands with a wrestler that is huge and jacked to the gills. That wrestler died from heart failure a few weeks before the movie's release. Also, there is a scene where another huge and overly muscular wrestler sells several illegal muscle enhancers to Rourke's character. That wrestler was recently arrested for selling drugs.Read more ›
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson fought the Ayatollah in Madison Square Garden back in the 80s, and still battles today. Ill met by fate, bruised and battered, his sinewy muscles scarred, his bones creaking in protest he still has the fight, and like a One Trick Pony he sticks to what he knows. It's a desperate life.
As you may recall in Raging Bull, Robert De Niro put on about 40 pounds to play fighter Jake La Motta as he got older, and he won an Oscar for his dedication to the role.
Mickey Rourke does something no less astounding here, putting on huge bulk to assume the persona and convincing physique of a professional wrestler. It's the most amazing acting performance of the year. The lines between actor and character blur and disappear. The kind of pain you see on Randy's face cannot be pretended. It can only be relived from the actor's parallel experience, which is what makes Rourke's performance so compelling.
For female companionship, he goes to a local bar, where a fetching stripper played by Marisa Tomei, Academy Award winner for My Cousin Vinny, gives him a lap dance for a fee. He can barely make rent, yet he has priorities.
Marisa gives an incredibly authentic performance, and it's a welcome surprise see her take it off in the name of art. I applaud her courage in doing so. Her physique is simply amazing, and her body art is very intriguing.
Evan Rachel Wood plays his estranged daughter. Previously, she played the female lead part in Across The Universe, and already has a quite impressive filmography under her belt. Here she sports a different look, and gives a perfect performance.Read more ›
But, like Dean, it seemed that Mickey would metaphorically and almost literally crash and leave us with only three truly GREAT films. After a few briefly compelling performances in the 80s as the hardboiled Kowalski in Cimino's YEAR OF THE DRAGON, the lascivious John in 9 1/2 WEEKS, Harry Angel in ANGEL HEART, and the hilarious Henry Chinaski in BARFLY, Mickey's career dwindled into lesser leads, bit parts, and cameo roles. Mickey became "difficult" to work with. Mickey wanted to give up the studio politics and the collaborative involvement with a craft that he was, quite literally, born to do. And become what? A boxer? The owner of a hair salon? A biker? A thug? Then, Mickey lost himself for 14 years. In a reply to a ten year hiatus question backstage at The Golden Globes, Rourke said, "Let's get it right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mickey Rourke's awesome performance saves this film. The bleak plot and ending are a complete turnoff otherwise. Don't watch this film for entertainment or worse, date night.Published 4 days ago by fruitloop
Wow. Just wow. This movie is art. This is coming from a seriously cynical son of a gun who hates almost everything coming out of Hollywood these days. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Travis Cote
Amazing movie. Mickey Rourke was just wow. There is a sadness to it as well. It makes you wonder what these men do to their bodies to entertain their public.Published 11 days ago by Shannon M. Salazar
This is an excellent movie (done in the style of cinema verite) about a pro wrestler past his prime. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Spock
Definitely worth watching but I thought the ending was a bit melodramatic. Mickey Rourke is terrific and his character portrayal is extremely realistic.Published 24 days ago by Matthew Gross
IF YOU SAW MICKEY ROURKE IN 'THE POPE OF GRENICH VILLAGE' AND LIKED HIM, YOU WILL LOVE HIM IN THIS MOVIE.Published 1 month ago by STEVEN H.
Had heard about this movie and was glad I bought it. It gives the other side of wrestling that you don't hear about.Published 1 month ago by Ted G. Byrd
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