Posted on 7/06/09 03:39 PM
This movie actually suprised me! I have to confess that I very often have prejudices about some movies, and I thought that The Wrestler was gonna be a tiresome sports movie (I don´t usually like sports movies) set in the 1980s (eekkk) about some junkie wrestler.
But how wrong I was! I would seriously give this movie 10/10 if the end wouldn´t have been so full of clichés.
Randy "the Ram", used to be one of the greatest legend wrestlers during the 1980s, and now after twenty years of partying, wild sex, drugs and alcohol he is ready to start wrestling again. But he soon has to face that wrestling isn´t quite the same sport now, then what it was twenty years ago. The audience is used to much more action and want to see superhero kicks in the air and moves that Spiderman has only dreamed of, and lots and lots of blood. After a few matches Randy´s body just can´t take it any longer and his hearts stops.
So he wakes up in the hospital and learns that he will never be able to wrestle again.
He tries very hard to live a normal life and takes a job in a grocery store, but yet there is something vital that is missing...
His closest friend is a stripper nicknamed Cassidy, in a local club who he visits regularly to get some female company. She advises him to take contact with his daughter Stephanie whom he hasn´t seen for a good many years. The relationship is very infected but he makes slow progresses. When she finally is conviced that he has changed she gives him an ultimate chance to see him one saturday.
Randy has gotten some feelings for Cassidy but she lets him down and hurts him badly, so the day before he is gonna meet his daughter Randy falls into his old bad habits and wakes up late that saturday in a strange woman´s bedroom with a bad hangover.
No more chances with his daughter. No more chances for a normal life.
A very touching story and very good performance by Mickey Rourke as Randy. This has lots of messages and really shows us the dark side of sports; how hard it could be adapting into a normal life after being a sports star and how to deal with disappointment when your body lets you down. I only had a little problem with the fact that Randy let his whole world fall down just because of what some stupid bitch stripper said. But it´s very watchworthy.
Very strong drama about the importance of friends, love, family and most of all appreciation. A real tearjerker.