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The Wrestler (SteelBook Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Mickey Rourke , Marisa Tomei , Darren Aronofsky    Blu-ray
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The mystery of Mickey Rourke's career comes to a grungy apotheosis in The Wrestler, the much-battered actor's triumphant return to the top rope. He plays Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a heavily scarred and medicated battler who's twenty years past his best moment in the ring. But he still schleps to every second-rate fight card he can get to, stringing out the paychecks (more likely a fistful of cash) and nursing what's left of his pride. His attempts to adjust to a more normal kind of life form the most absorbing sections in the movie, whether it's flirting with a stripper (Marisa Tomei is in good form, in every sense), establishing a bond with his understandably angry daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), or working behind the deli counter at a nondescript megastore. Rourke is commanding in the role; he obviously spent hours in the gym and the tanning salon, and his ease with the semi-documentary style adopted by director Darren Aronofsky allows him to naturalistically interact with the colorful real-life wrestlers who crowd the movie's ultra-believable locations. All of which helps distract from the film's overall adherence to ancient formula. You might find yourself waiting for the scene where the risk-taking Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) pulls the switch and reveals his true motives for pursuing this otherwise sentimental story, but there's no switch. The Wrestler is an old-fashioned hoke machine, given grit by an actor who doesn't seem to be so much performing the role of ravaged survivor as embodying it. --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Achievement May 6 2009
By Peter Cantelon TOP 500 REVIEWER
I just finished watching Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. Wow. This is about as realistic a movie as I've seen. There were times when it felt like I was invading this guy's privacy. The story is about a man with a tragic flaw. All the best protagonists have a tragic flaw - Macbeth and Hamlet both sought vengeance. With Rourke's character Randy "The Ram" it is only being able to feel valued when he's getting the crap kicked out of him in the ring.

The Ram has no inner sense of value. His complete and utter lack of self-worth drives him to make absolutly terrible relational decisions. He feels completely alone and he knows the world only cares for him when he bleeds for them - otherwise he's invisible to them. The Ram has become cynical and no longer cares whether he lives or dies. His story intersects with that of Marisa Tomei whose character is an older stripper nearing the end of her days. She is similar to Randy except that she has an outer source of value - a nine year old son to live for and sacrifice for. Tomei does easily as good a job as Rourke in the film but Rourke's character pushes into excellence on a few occassions - especially when he is attempting to renew a relationship with his daughter played by Evan Rachel Wood.

The film is incredibly sad. It is the portrayal of a man whose life is empty and meaningless except when he's doing that which will ultimately kill him. There is an early scene when Tomei's character quotes Isaiah 53 "He was wounded for our transgressions, pierced for our iniquities..." She is reminded of the verse by Randy's experience as an aging wrestler...she calls him a sacrificial Ram jokingly playing on his wrestling name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mickey Rourke Returns to Retire? Jan. 14 2014
By Brandon Kern TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I'm a big fan of professional wrestling so to have a hollywood rendition of that world I was quite excited. *Spoiler* In short Rourke plays a once larger than life wrestler that is now a washed up wrestler working at a grocery store and wrestling in school gyms.
The story line is pretty straight forward without much complexity in it don't expect a whole bunch of twists and turns or huge elaborate WWE matches/storylines but do expect some amazing acting by almost all the characters/actors in this film. Mickey Rourke becomes so emotionally involved in his character that it left me in tears. It's clear from his performance that the movie is not just about wrestling
*Spoiler* its about a man reaching the end of his time and trying to hold onto everything he once had, fearful of being alone, and in a struggle to make up for lost time between himself and his daughter.
If your debating on whether or not to get this film I say definitely pick it up, even if you're not a fan of wrestling. This is definitely not a flick for kids but it for the adults it has some amazing relatable events and it will definitely touch that emotional side of you.

The Steelbook for this movie looks amazing and has some beautiful artwork, inside it comes with 2 disc the blu-ray and dvd that are stacked ontop of each other (they do not interfere with each other too much) definitely worth adding to your collection if you collect steelbooks or you just want to have this movie in a special format !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Raging Bull Jan. 5 2013
By Jesse
I can see parallels between this and Raging Bull, but it's kind of like a prequel to Black Swan. Mickey Rourke sets the stage on fire, and I love that Brice Springsteen song in it. It's probably not essential to watch, but it's pretty good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Decline and Fall After Fame. May 29 2009
In a world obsessed with following the famous or notorious through television, the web, or print media, only the prime of a "star's" life seems to be examined and pursued. There is even a reality show about the paparazzi and their boss as they discuss and giggle over images they have captured of the notorious.

Few films have dealt with the life lived by the mediocre or unwise star who did not provide for his old age. "Requiem for a Heavyweight", with an outstanding cast, is a black and white version of this sad tale.

"The Wrestler", takes gritty look at the decline of a man whose career was fueled by steroids, alcohol and painkillers. The pain and abuse damage his heart. Recovering, he reaches out to an estranged daughter and a stripper who is having her own age related problems. His efforts start to bear fruit when the old, high living behavior reinforces bad, old memories. He is still loved and respected by his fellow wrestlers. So, like a gladiator in Roman times, his return to the arena becomes his destiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fighter still remains Jan. 20 2012
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson fought the Ayatollah in Madison Square Garden back in the 80s, and still battles today. Ill met by fate, bruised and battered, his sinewy muscles scarred, his bones creaking in protest he still has the fight, and like a One Trick Pony he sticks to what he knows. It's a desperate life.

As you may recall in Raging Bull, Robert De Niro put on about 40 pounds to play fighter Jake La Motta as he got older, and he won an Oscar for his dedication to the role.

Mickey Rourke does something no less astounding here, putting on huge bulk to assume the persona and convincing physique of a professional wrestler. It's an amazing acting performance. The lines between actor and character blur and disappear. The kind of pain you see on Randy's face cannot be pretended. It can only be relived from the actor's parallel experience, which is what makes Rourke's performance so compelling.

For female companionship, he goes to a local bar, where a fetching stripper played by Marisa Tomei, Academy Award winner for My Cousin Vinny, gives him a lap dance for a fee. He can barely make rent, yet he has priorities.

Marisa gives an incredibly authentic performance, and it's a welcome surprise see her take it off in the name of art. I applaud her courage in doing so. Her physique is simply amazing, her body art very intriguing.

Evan Rachel Wood plays his estranged daughter. Previously, she played the female lead part in Across The Universe, and already has a quite impressive filmography under her belt. Here she sports a different look, and gives a perfect performance.

Some of the wrestling sequences are truly outrageous, and not a little disturbing.
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