‘The Wrestler’ (2008) 100 Word Cinema Review

August 2, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 5 out of 5

Mickey Rourke is Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, the wrestler. Filmed in a documentary style – handheld cameras and close-ups – Aronofsky lays out in front of us a tragic figure: a washed-up, worn-out bag of meat living in a trailer park; alone and estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood); and whose identity is rooted inextricably to the arena, where he is worshipped by his fans, treated like a hero amongst men.

Following Aronofsky’s assured direction, in and out of the ring, the main performances are all excellent. It’s Rourke’s show, but Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood equally match him.

(99 words.)

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