The great Mickey Rourke (who won the BAFTA and Golden Globe for this role, but cruelly missed the Oscar) returns as broken down grappler Randy Robinson. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain), The Wrestler won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.
Randy's glory days in the ring are long gone. Old, alone and estranged from his only daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), he now works the independent wrestling curcuit. After a heart attack, he's told by doctors to stop wrestling. But for Randy, life outside the ring can be more burtal than in it. Marisa Tomei stars as his companion, a stripper similarly well past her prime.
Best Actor for Mickey Rourke - BAFTA Awards 2009. Best Actor (Drama) for Mickey Rourke - Golden Globes 2009. Winner of the Golden Lion - Venice Film Festival 2008.
2008Rating: R16, contains violence, offensive language, drug use & sex scenes109 minsUSA
Rourke creates a galvanizing, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takes its place among the great, iconic screen performances. An elemental story simply and brilliantly told, Darren Aronofsky's fourth feature is a winner from every possible angle.
He goes looking for part of his past, but the result is a cliched and implausible subplot. It's a shame that the price of seeing one of the truly great performances of this or any year is sitting through the dross that contains it.