Posted on 12/12/12 10:35 AM
This is a story of a clichéd wrestler who is at the end of his career, and is well past his prime. He lives alone in a trailer. He works in a grocery store, ad has a manager who mocks him for his wrestling background. He left his family when his daughter was young, and she hates him now. He be-friends a stripper played by Marisa Tomei. He still does several fights, and he is still good.. Once he has a heart attack he decides to change his life entirely. He tries to fix his relationship with his daughter, and tries to get healthy again.
Mickey Rourke gives really good acting job in this movie which reminded me of Jeff Bridges performance in Crazy Heart. This film was a lot like Crazy Heart. It had the same feel, but different stories. They both had people who are at the end of their careers, and that have stage names, and health problems. However in the Wrestler there is no happy ending, and nothing gets resolved. That is the one weird part of this film, and the only reason why I don't think it is great. I wish that there were some more happy elements in it. They made it seem like he was fixing certain issues, but he didn't.
The wrestling is so fake. Well I mean not fake in a way that it looked bad, but it has all of the stuff you see in stuff like RAW wrestling that looks so staged. Like at the end when he is in the fight, his opponent is saying to him come on finish it we have given them enough of a show. The fight he is in before he gets a heart attack they are using staple guns, and barb wire. His opponent staples a dollar bill to his forehead. The fighting is so messed up. He also does steroids in one scene before a fight. He also cuts his forehead secretly while he is on the floor, to make it look like he got hit that hard. This is a very good movie but it points out the stupidity on wrestling matches like that.