The Wrestler DVD
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Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Produced in 2008
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
The main event in The Wrestler is, of course, the extraordinary return of Mickey Rourke. With his shirt off, and long, limp strands of dyed blonde hair hanging around his shoulders, Rourke now resembles a cross between a yeti and something one might glimpse in a butcher’s back room.
His faded wrestler Randy “the Ram” Robinson is a half-deaf, long-forgotten relic - big in the 80s, so they say - reduced to working the New Jersey circuit: fan conventions interspersed with staged bouts in school halls and community centres.
Not that he gives of himself any less. A warhorse continually struggling to patch himself up, Randy’s life changes when he goes down clutching his chest in the dressing room after a bout. One heart bypass later, he’s forced to adapt to civilian life, starting a sometimes paying, sometimes reciprocated relationship with a lapdancer named Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), and making an attempt to reconcile with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), still resentful over all the birthdays dad
missed while out on the road.
Director Darren Aronofsky has great fun with the wrestling world, its special moves and character names, both revealing (and revelling in) the charade, while taking particular delight in pitching Rourke into new, unexpected, sometimes semi-improvised scenarios: truly, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the actor in a hairnet, working the crowd at a deli counter. Yet underneath the Spandex, The Wrestler is a quietly profound study of a man addicted to pain, who needs to be being beaten up to feel anything at all.
Rourke brings notes of poignancy and desperation into the ring with him, as well as the obvious cuts and bruises, the signs performer and character alike have been in a fight, or struggle, with life. He makes magnificent the potentially ludicrous scene in which Randy quits his humdrum day job and transforms - like a live-action Hulk - into a bloody, brawling shirtless mess, and genuinely heroic the wrestler’s final leap into the void. As terrific as the Oscar-winning Sean Penn was in Milk, it’s hard not to think the Ram was robbed.
Mike McCahill on 28th April 2009
Author of 215 reviews
Mickey Rourke stars as retired professional wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson, who had his heyday in the late 1980s as a headlining professional wrestler but is now reduced to eking out a living by performing in high school gyms and community centres in New Jersey. Estranged from his teenage daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his ever-dwindling fan base. When a heart attack forces him into retirement, his sense of identity starts to slip away, and he is forced to evaluate the state of his life. But his fumbling attempts to reconnect with his daughter and forge an ongoing relationship with exotic dancer Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) are overshadowed by his strong desire to get back into the ring, whatever the cost.
Publisher: Optimum Releasing
Length: 109 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Cat No: OPTD1554
Format: DVD Colour
- Making-of documentary
- Interview with Mickey Rourke
- Theatrical trailer
- English DD5.1 Surround.