The Wrestler is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Dynamic and humane, powerful and poetic - the film marks an astounding comeback by actor Mickey Rourke under the masterful direction of Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream).
Back in the late 1980s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a champion professionalwrestler. Now, 20 years later, he ekes out a living stacking shelves in a supermarket and performingfights for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms around New Jersey. Estranged fromhis teenage daughter (Evan Rachel Wood: Across the Universe, Thirteen) and essentially alone,Randy is a battered dreamer who lives for the thrill of the show.
When a heart attack forces Randy to evaluate his life, he tries to reconnect with his daughter andstrikes up a blossoming romance with an ageing stripper (Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei: MyCousin Vinny). Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, whichthreaten to pull "The Ram" back into wrestling.
The Wrestler delivers just the right amount of raw action and grit balanced with a finely-detailed,affecting story. Rourke creates a galvanising, humorous, deeply moving portrait that instantly takesits place among the great, iconic screen performances.DVD Extras:
- Within the Ring - A Behind-the-Scenes documentary
- Interview with Mickey Rourke.
RRP: $39.95Buy Now from FishpondThe Wrestler Review
Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is introduced in the opening credits of The Wrestler via newspaper clippings and posters as a successful 1980's professional wrestler. Forward to today and Randy is stuck in some kind of time-warp as he struggles to survive with the lowly existence that is now his life. Reduced to living in a trailer park, working in a supermarket and estranged from any family, he desperately hangs on to the threads left of his life whilst trying to find some meaning amidst the desperation of an ageing has-been.
Mickey Rourke isn't just an actor playing the character of Randy "The Ram" Robinson, he becomes and is the character, from the long bottle-blonde locks, the fake tan, the drug use and the staged choreography of wrestling all giving him the total and convincing demeanour. More...www.femail.com.au/the-wrestler-review.htm
***** "Excellent and uncompromising. This is a wonderful film." Margaret Pomeranz, AT THE MOVIES
***** "An astonishing performance. Stunning...A sensation that blows convention apart... Will pin you to the canvas." EMPIRE
***** "Mickey Rourke gives the performance of his life... Moving beyond words. The Wrestler is a cinematic triumph". ROLLING STONEOther Links
Evan Rachel Wood The Wrestler Interview www.femail.com.au/evan-rachel-wood-the-wrestler-interview.htm
Marisa Tomei The Wrestler Interviewwww.femail.com.au/marisa-tomei-the-wrestler-interview.htm