Piece of Meat

The Wrestler brought Mickey Rourke back into the ring. Boxing movies are a dime a dozen, but there really aren’t that many professional wrestling movies out there. Probably because most people think wrestling is fake anyway. The Wrestler feels realistic thanks to director Darren Aronofsky. It’s not disturbing like most of his films, but it is an emotional journey. The camera follows Rourke very closely in his big comeback as pro wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson. He’s got the long blonde hair of Hulk Hogan, but his glory days are long behind him.

Randy is old, broken down, and one heart attack away from dying. Forcing him to give up his wrestling career and move on with his life. Rourke is in impressive shape with a performance to match. He won so many awards, yet somehow didn’t win Best Actor. The Wrestler earns its R rating with very brutal and bloody wrestling matches. Randy’s main romantic pursuit is aging stripper Pam played by a very naked Marisa Tomei. Even at 44 years old, Tomei looks really good for her age.

She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Most of the profanity comes from Randy’s strained relationship with his daughter Stephanie played by Evan Rachel Wood. Even when his life starts to get back on track, Randy manages to sabotage his job at the deli and his relationships with Pam and his daughter until wrestling is all he has left. It’s heartbreaking to see Randy risk his life by getting back in the ring, but everything is left on a suitably ambiguous note. The Wrestler puts up a good fight.

The Wrestler

Randy “The Ram” Robinson’s final leap

4 thoughts on “Piece of Meat

  1. Wrestling Dramas are very rare indeed, save for 1 or 2 made in the early to mid 1980’s, the rest were comedy based. Mickey Rourke makes a great pro wrestler as he has the build for it from his time as an amateur boxer. I still remember well a clip of him pulling a good stage punch on Chris Jericho when he was guest on Monday Night Raw. Having grown up when WWF/WWE, WCW, and ECW were the kings of the wrestling world, I find the medium today sorely lacking with a few exceptions. This one’s little poignant at the moment as late last night I learned of the passing of Scott Hall, one of the greats.

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