The Wrestler, 2009, R, ***1/2

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Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

 

A haggard looking, bleached long-haired Mickey Rourke (a very different appearance than his days in the 80s in the film “9 ½ weeks”) sure fits this part to a tea.  Rourke portrays Randy “The Ram,” an 80s wrestling champion trying to get back into the spotlight.

 

It’s quite depressing, but really depicts someone in a serious dilemma.  Ram’s personal life is very sad, no companion, his daughter hates him (played by the talented Evan Rachel Wood), and his true passion in life is a downward spiral due to a heart attack.   Marisa Tomei plays a local pub dancer that catches Rourke’s eye.  She is one of my favorite actresses and even as a side character adds a nice touch to the film.

 

I commend this movie because it is very real, and shows how no matter what, if you aren’t doing what you love, you are pretty much dead inside.  This is not a movie if you want to escape for a while and forget about hardship during these tough economic times. 

 

 

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