The Full Nelson (Whatever That Means)…


The Wrestler was easily my pick of the litter as movie of the year. It held all the characteristics of a commercial success while capturing the grit of a true indie flick and solid performances by Mickey Rourke and the ridiculously hot Marissa Tomei, made The Wrestler essential viewing.It is a shame it didn’t win more in the Oscar department, but in all fairness, we all know that the Oscars are a complete load of shit.The Wrestler tells the story of has-been pro-wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson, who in between romancing a worn out stripper (Tomei) and trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel-Wood), is trying to hold on to his former glory and that one last shot at the big time.Much like Ledger’s Joker at the beginning of The Dark Knight, Mickey Rourke impressively depicts his character through small mannerisms, despite his face being covered with a rubber mask.Marissa Tomei is perhaps the film’s only real flaw, in that she is almost too good-looking to be believable.She plays an aging stripper, trying her hardest to provide for her son, despite losing customers because of her diminishing looks.Having bared all in Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead in the same year, it seems that Tomei is also using her body to secure more work, and while it continues to land her roles like these, I’m sure we will see a lot more of her in the future. The Wrestler is perhaps the most mainstream film to come from Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem For A Dream) in regards to its’ appeal to the more commercial audience. I went to see this with a girl who actually wanted to see Bride Wars and she loved it.This gets my vote as movie of the year.4.5/5

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