The Wrestler tells the tale of Randy “The Ram” Robinson,
an ageing pro-wrestler who has hit rock bottom in life, from his
turbulent relationship with his daughter to his own personal goals which
are now shattered.
Although once a Wrestling superstar in the 80's, Randy is
now forced to fight in the lower leagues of Wrestling in this gripping
drama. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler tells the tale
of one man’s redemption after losing the keys to the kingdom as he
struggles with relationships, alcohol and money.
What makes this movie so enthralling is Rourke as Randy
and the similarities between the actor’s hard times and the wrestler is
quite eerie at best. The relationship between Randy and his daughter
Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood) is very estranged and when he misses an
outing with his daughter, she is devastated by her father’s inability to
Once again turning to Wrestling, Randy soon discovers
that this aspect of his life is about to drop him as well, for his body
is now a broken and shattered husk. Randy also finds comfort in the
Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), a stripper who like Randy is ageing and soon,
she will need to rely on other incomes.
Even so, Randy continues to fight, against the
recommendation of his "friends" and doctor and just when you thought a
glimmer of hope still exists for Randy, things once again come crushing
down, living for his fans only.
Although a very impressive movie,
it is also quit depressing and dark, however brilliantly acted by all
involved, director Darren Aronofsky truly creates a modern epic of the
fall of man.
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