Mickey Rourke has had wonderful reviews for his portrayal of over-the-hill wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson and he is fully deserving of them all. Rourke is brilliantly cast and really looks the part with his pumped up torso scarred by years of fighting and his bleached blonde hair.
The film itself is pretty conventional but that doesn’t really matter. What makes this film unmissable is Mickey Rourke. His is a very a brave performance and one that can be difficult to watch, yet he is so compelling, you can’t look away. Director Darren Aronofsky tells Randy’s story brilliantly, it is poignant and the film has the truthfulness of a documentary.
The Wrestler is a touching film about a damaged, desperate man seeking dignity and forgiveness and I highly recommend it.