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Sunday, January 11, 2009

the wrestler brings it home..


In Darren Aronofsky's film The Wrestler , Aronofsky does a good job trying to captivate the feeling wrestlers have to the squared circle despite how sometimes it could end their life way too soon. Screen cornerstone Mickey Rourke does a believable job as Randy 'The Ram' Robinson - a ring legend who has wrestled one too many matches but can't seem to get rid of that lifetime drug addiction called wrestling or seem to escape all the other demons that are battling inside of him. A heart attack makes Robinson hang up his tights and try to deal with those demons and finally realizes that he is his own worst enemy. He tries to re-connect with his long lost daughter played by a mature and lovely Evan Rachel Wood while looking for comfort and love from his favorite waitress slash stripper friend Cassidy who is portrayed brilliantly by Marisa Tomei (who by the way, does not look a day over 40). At times the movie seems a bit too predictable, but then you realize why. Because you've (or at least those who follow wrestling) heard about these sob stories too many times. One name that comes to mind would be Jake "The Snake" Roberts. The Wrestler is sprinkled with much realism that you have to cringe to think that this is the modern day wrestling world. Like it or not, that's why the boys in us still love it.

Wrestling fan or not, you'll enjoy this movie because you go through this ride with Robinson where you love him one second and then you hate him the next but all along, you learn to understand where he's coming from. It's not one of those feel-good hero triumphant Rocky type flicks. It touches on social realism. It reaches for that one thing you have a passion for in life and it'll be the death of you if you ever leave it. The Wrestler brings it home.