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The Wrestler (2008) R2 Retail DVD
Saw `The Wrestler' in the pics off the back of a load of five star reviews I'd heard on the radio and seen on the box, and although it's a good movie I really struggled to be as emphatic about it as most `real' critics were.
It's a low budget indie movie with Mickey Rourke apparently not even getting paid for his role, which may well have not been such a bad thing after scooping an Oscar nod, but there's something that doesn't quite feel indie about it. It seems like maybe the producers just wanted to save money on it rather than being restricted by funds. Either way it has that unglossy finishmore… to it that gives this film the edge over what could have potentially been a Hollywood cheese fest.
Mickey plays a down-on-his-luck Rocky-esqe wrester named Randy `The Ram' Robinson who had B-star success back in the olden days. He now spreads his time between his motor home, a strip joint, a deli counter and trying to recreate his former glory in the squared circle to pay the bills, but mainly for the rush. It aint pretty, but it's intense.
So flip flopping in my opinion somewhat, if you watch this on the back of a glowing review then I don't recon you'll enjoy it as much as if you go into it with no knowledge of what has been said about it...so what I'm getting at is you should stop reading this now if you recon you're affected by `bigging up'.
No but in all seriousness, this is a flick that covers a lot more than just men in tights, to be honest, that part of it really is the small slice of this cake. The rest of the story is where it's at, the acting is great, really comes across as if these people are the characters they play which doesn't always happen in movies. I mean lets face it though, Mickey Rourke was a warrior of the squared circle in his early days (Albeit boxing) and he's obviously used the passion from the situation that these people would face to keep this movie ticking over in the quiet times. And you really feel for him in his family, job and relationship plights through this. I can only assume Marisa Tomei was a stripper back in the early days after her portrayal of one here, it's crazy believable.
Unfortunately, for those people who, like me, went in hoping to see a visual tirade of spandex clad characters (ala WWF) of my youth, rolling around with eachother with the occasional elbow drop and suplex bringing back memories of Jake the Snake taking on Ravishing Rick Rude in a cage match, this isn't it. Go and get the Royal Rumble DVD in the bargain section instead and float down memory lane of the days when you used to play fight with your mates and argue over whose finishing move was better...my `Boston Crab' was by the way...
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