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The Wrestler (2008)The Wrestler (2008)

The Wrestler (2008)

An action movie on struggling with failure late in life, featuring a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Mickey Rourke

Drama, Romance

best
THE VERY BEST

9.3

movie

France, United States of America

English

Emotional, Thrilling, Well-acted

2008

Darren Aronofsky

Abraham Aronofsky, Ajay Naidu, Andrea Langi

109 min

Synopsis

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

Our Take

9.3
Greg N

In 2008, legendary and controversial director Darren Aronofsky delivered yet another unforgettable allegory, starring Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aging professional wrestler long past his prime, who is struggling to retain a sense of identity, purpose, and dignity later in life. Rourke, who worked as a professional boxer in his 90s and, like his protagonist, almost hung his hat at the time the movie was shot, delivers a once-in-a-lifetime performance that rightly earned him a Golden Globe. Everybody talked about this movie when it came out! Marisa Tomei’s performance, who plays the mid-40s stripper The Ram pursues a serious relationship with, was also deemed iconic by some critics. Shot on 16mm film, The Wrestler’s cinematography, like its acting, feels incredibly raw, intimate, and realistic. It is essentially about bouncing back, making amends, and growing old and features acting performances that will be remembered for a long time. One for the books!

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Nakayama

An excellent film! Rouke perfectly portrays the action, violence and emotions that come with his characters. Great script too, never boring.

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