Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Wrestler

Mickey Rourke gives a Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson (stage name), a 1980s big-time wrestling star who now scrapes by on mediocre pay from choreographed matches in New Jersey gyms and community centers. His failing body is full of drugs, His estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) hates his him for the past, and the woman he loves, a stripper (Marisa Tomei, also Oscar-nominated), can't decide what to do with him.

This movie had an appropriately gritty, melancholy feel throughout, and Mr. Rourke was remarkable. Especially for someone who is or was a fan of professional wrestling it is poigniant. The film debuted on December 19, the night of our wedding rehersal dinner, so we had to wait for the DVD--but we're glad we watched it. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the highest award presented there.

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