Monday, January 12, 2009

The Wrestler - Review

Saw The Wrestler recently, and it is one fine movie.

Wrestling may be fake, but the people behind the personas in the ring are as real as you and me. Elevated by a soft-spoken but soulful performance by Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, The Wrestler is a tribute to all those who put their bodies and spirit through punishment for the entertainment of others. The physical scars are horrid, but it's the emotional scars of a man who once had everything, ultimately leaving him with nothing, that Rourke reveals with such skill and subtlety. Daren Aronofsky captures the obscurity and worthlessness of Randy's life by often shooting him from behind or cascaded in shadow, and Bruce Springsteen's closing credit song is a profound and fitting summation of the film.

The recent Golden Globe victories for both Springsteen and Rourke are encouraging, and hopefully Oscar will follow suit. Look for Marisa Tomei and writer Rob Seigel to receive nominations (and don't rule out a surprise nod for Aronofsky).

***1/2 out of ****

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