The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, is the story of a washed-up, once-famous, pro-wrestler named Randy “The Ram” Robinson. He wrestles on weekends when he’s not pickuping shifts at a supermarket and does pathetic signings which are frequented by 10 people at most. As expected with an Aronofsky film, it is quite depressing but well-made.
Once you adjust to the beat-up condition of Rourke’s face, you begin to appreciate how masterfully shot and acted the film is, and when the credits roll you are left feeling empathetic toward Randy who suffers most of the film. So it’s no surprise that the film one the Golden Lion Award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
At any rate, if you haven’t seen The Wrestler, I would highly recommend heading down to your local theater and shelling out $9 or $10. If not for the great story, at least to see Marisa Tomei strut her stuff on the stripper pole.