WrestlingINC.com was on hand for a special screening of The Wrestler last week in Los Angeles. Richa Giri provided this review:
The Wrestler is perhaps the best, and most realistic, movie ever made about the pro wrestling industry. It is a touching story that follows the career of pro wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson from his prime in the 1980's, to his struggles today. Aside from a terrific star cast that stars Mickey Rourke (as Randy "The Ram" Robinson), Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood, The Wrestler also features wrestlers Ernest "The Cat" Miller, Ron "R-Truth" Killings, The Blue Meanie and many other pro wrestlers in the cast.
Mickey Rourke plays a likeable but flawed character in the film. The story introduces the viewer to the life of a lonely man who finds comfort and a sense of belonging in the ring - devoid of affection from friends and family in the real world. But a heart ailment sidelines the wrestler from doing what he loves, forcing him to live a normal life that includes working in a deli at a local New Jersey grocery store. After confrontations with the only two women in his life - his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and his love interest (Marisa Tomei, who plays a stripper) - Robinson decides to step back in the ring, regardless of his flailing health.
The story and acting in this film are gripping and realistic, forcing the viewer to root for a flawed main character. Rourke offers the performance of his life, inviting viewers inside a world that draws millions of fans to sports arenas throughout the nation. This film not only touches on the sport of professional wrestling, but also incorporates a love story and an intense father-daughter relationship. It is an appealing film on all levels to any sort of movie enthusiast. Definitely check it out!
Rating: **** (out of 5)
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