The Wrestler Movie Review and Trailer
Love. Pain. Glory.
Starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, the wrestler is a marvellous tale of professional wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson who, at the tale end of his career attempts to regain some of the adulation that he basked in during the eighties as a successful pro wrestler.
The story is masterfully written Robert D. Siegel of 'the onion' fame who takes this opportunity to tell a story that is not predictable, corny or lame, in any way. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, much of the film is shot from the perspective of 'The Ram' exiting the sports hall after his match or slowly and painfully walking back to his more than humble abode. Down on his luck the film creates such empathy; you can really feel every agonising step the broken down grappler takes.
Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for his fans who seem to be the only ones who are always there for him.
Regardless of whether you're a fan of grappling or a fan of movies, one thing about The Wrestler isn't open to question - Mickey Rourke is truly awesome in the title role. The Sin City star isn't so much playing a role as inhabiting a persona.
The soundtrack to the film features music by Bruce Springsteen, Guns n' Roses and Quiet Riot. Each add to the atmosphere of the film, especially the Springsteen song which, is a bed for the credits and fits perfectly. The movie is the winner of a BAFTA, Golden Lion and Golden Globe, this is truly the Wrestlemania of the genre and one of the finest films you will ever see.
Movie Trivia: Actor Nicolas Cage was originally cast to star in the film's lead role as Randy.