Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Wrestler

I had a retirement planning lunch 'n learn to conduct today.

After that, I saw The Wrestler.

Back in the late '80s, Randy "The Ram" Robinson was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life--trying to reconnect with his daughter and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy "The Ram" back into his world of wrestling.

I enjoyed this movie.

It was interesting to see the behind-the-scenes of wrestling ... I always suspected they were all pals. And the "choreographing" of the matches was cool.

I can't remember seeing Mickey Rourke in anything before. I thought he did a good job here. I was sympathetic to his character. A loser with a good heart trying to make things right.

Marisa Tomei plays an aging stripper. Man, she looks good!

Have you seen it?

8 comments:

Mary Moore said...

This is definitely a movie I have to see.

LeeAnn said...

wasn't he in 9 1/2 weeks with Kim
Bassinger?

Teena in Toronto said...

Apparently, LeeAnn. I never saw it.

raino said...

the wrestler is one of the movies i really wanna see, simply because of mickey. he's been through hell and back and now i think he has finally straightened himself out. it would be nice to see him succeed in this movie.

http://momofboxer.blogspot.com/2009/02/i-wanna-get-to-know-yall.html

Swordsman said...

Mickey was in 9 1/2 weeks, a good and eclectic movie. He also played the bomb maker in the excellent Femme Fatale film Body Heat.

Teena in Toronto said...

Two high quality films, Gord ... NOT!!!

Teresa said...

He just creeps me out. Think I will wait for it to hit video. Have fun this weekend.

Tina said...

i do want to see this actually. i have heard loads of good reviews on it