Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

The Wrestler (2008)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis


An engaging but unsettling story to watch. Like “Walk the Line”, it features a main character with very few redeeming qualities who doesn’t really change for the better. We just watch him bounce around a bit, and nothing really happens.

Rourke was a good choice. He gives us a raw, courageous performance, although it’s a bit awkward watching him because we don’t really know what his motivations are. I wonder how this character compares to him in real life. Tomei looks fantastic for 45, but she gives us a similarly raw and awkward performance.

Very little score, which helps make the story seem more real. Lots of blood!

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