November 20, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

By now most of you know about director Darren Aronofsky’s new movie “The Wrestler” and have heard about Mickey Rourke’s incredible performance. In fact, everyone I’ve spoken to that’s seen the movie says it’s a certainty that Mickey will be nominated for an Oscar. While the debate is still on for whether or not “The Wrestler” gets a Best Picture nod, no one is denying how great Mickey is in the movie.

Anyway, while I haven’t seen the movie yet, after watching the trailer below, I can see why everyone is going crazy for this movie. It just looks like one of those performances that only comes along every once in awhile. And the fact that Mickey is essentially playing a version of himself…it only adds to the realism of the movie. Watch the trailer, you’ll see what I mean.

And for those that don’t know about “The Wrestler”, here’s the synopsis:

Back in the late ’80s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was a headlining professional wrestler. Now, twenty years later, he ekes out a living performing for handfuls of diehard wrestling fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show and the adoration of his fans. However, a heart attack forces him into retirement. As his sense of identity starts to slip away, he begins to evaluate the state of his life — trying to reconnect with his daughter, and striking up a blossoming romance with an exotic dancer (Marisa Tomei) who is ready to start a new life. Yet all this cannot compare to the allure of the ring and passion for his art, which threatens to pull Randy “The Ram” back into his world of wrestling. Director Darren Aronofsky presents a powerful portrait of a battered dreamer, who despite himself and the odds stacked against him, lives to be a hero once again in the only place he considers home – inside the ring. THE WRESTLER had its North American premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.

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