A star of the 80’s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a champion professional wrestler. Now 20 years later, a shell of his formwer self, Randy he ekes out a living stacking shelves in a supermarket weekdays, moping around strip joints at night and performing fights for handfuls of die hard wrestling fans in high school gyms around New Jersey on the occasional weekend.
Money is tight and Randy never pays his rent on time, this former Headliner seems to have lost his money and the high school gym wrestling nights don’t bring that much coin.
So why does the aging relic put his body on the line time and time again? It’s because he never learned to embrace the real world – living rather for the fantasy that was his wrestling persona.
It’s this that makes The Wrestler a long hard watch – time and time again, Randy gets clear warnings that he must change his life, and even when he’s offered what he really wants out of life, he prefers to risk it all for one more night in the ring.
It’s a painful film to watch, but one that is worth the investment as it reveals a good deal about human behaviour, and should be the starting point for many a good discussion about societies fixation on youthfulness, drugs, sex and rock and roll.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [R16] Contains violence, offensive language, drug use and sex scenes.
Released on: September 24th, 2009
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander, Ernest Miller, Dylan Summers, Tommy Farra, Mike Miller
Length (Minutes): 109
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Aronofsky, Darren