After the muddled fiasco that was The Fountain, I was a little apprehensive about seeing another Darren Aronofsky film. But, everyone deserves a second chance and the director and his lead actor make the most out of theirs.
Mickey Rourke is Randy the Ram, an aging professional wrestler whose career peaked in the 80’s (I’m sure the irony will be lost on no one). Living in a trailer park and working at a supermarket to supplement his income, Randy continues to wrestle on the circuit because, basically, that’s all he knows how to do.
Aside from his wresting buddies, Randy has no real relationships. The daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) that he abandoned refuses to talk to him, and the stripper (Marisa Tomei) that he fancies charges for her time. Yet, Randy is a decent man and you can’t help but to wish for him to suceed.
The Wrestler just won The Golden Lion in Venice, and I’ll bet a million bucks that it and Rourke pick up Oscar nominations. It’s really that good.