Saturday, March 15, 2014

'The Wrestler' with Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei Goe 12 Rounds on DVD - a Review

Mickey Rourke Deliver One-Two Punch in "The Wrestler"

The Wrestler hit on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2009 from
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. One of the most-critically
acclaimed films of the year, The Wrestler was featured on dozens of year-end "top ten" lists and garnered numerous accolades for Mickey Rourke.

Much like the character he plays in The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke (Sin City, Man on Fire),
himself a former boxer, resuscitated his career playing Randy "The Ram"
Robinson, a legendary professional wrestler who longs to reclaim the
fame and glory that surrounded him twenty years earlier. However a heart
attack causes Randy to reevaluate his plans and 
examine his life. He attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter
while trying to move his relationship with an exotic dancer (Marisa
Tomei (In The Bedroom, My Cousin Vinny) into a real-world relationship.

Randy's grown daughter and only family wants nothing to do with him,
and exotic dancer Pam won't get involved with a client. With nowhere
else to turn, "The Ram" hauls his bruised and battered body back into the
ring - the only place he has ever felt at home - in an attempt to
re-stage his famous Madison Square Garden bout against opponent "The Ayatollah."

While The Wrestler has a moving plot, the movie to be tedious
in its attempt at realism, perhaps going for a docu-drama feel. However,
most viewers don't watch a film to see people grocery shop, exchange
small talk, or serve deli food over and over. The Wrestler gets bogged down in such minutia. There is also quite a bit of gore and nudity.

The story is excellent and Mickey Rourke was completely believable as
the failing pugilist, going on to win a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe
award, an Independent Spirit Award and an Academy Award nomination for
Best Actor for his role. However, The Wrestler was not the contender I was expecting.

Read more at: The Wrestler Hit the DVD Circuit April 21 - Movie Review - Yahoo Voices

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