The Wrestler (2008)

Rated R, for a few choice Fs.

Scoring At The Movies’ 34th go-round is a lengthy yip about one of the 3 or 4 best movies we’ve covered yet. The usually trippy Darren Aronofsky directs his most realistic work here and it’s just plain wonderful. Even though it’s about the over-the-top world of pro rasslin, it’s filled with subtlety and so many great moments, . Mickey Rourke gives one of the greatest performances—by anyone—in decades and he’s incredibly genuine in what so many have always called a “fake” sport. We spent some time discussing the origin of Randy The Ram’s real name and we jawed about the issues of athletes living with pain…and regret. The topic of unions in wrestling came up, so we even got to fly some socialist colours. So, spring chickens, take what might be your last dive off the top rope and enjoy our not-one-trick-pony podcast.

Twitter barrage ahead: @moviefiend51 and @scoringatmovies

Pedantry Alert: Rourke does cry in at least 1 other movie (The Pledge) and he’s only even in that for a few minutes. Also, what Ram hears in his head before going out to work at the deli counter is crowd noise, not his music.


Rotten Tomatoes reviews

2008 U.S. Box Office

2008 Academy Award winners & nominees

2008 in film

Links to: Field Of Dreams and Beyond The Mat and Ready To Rumble and Sin City and The Dark Knight and Milk and Big Fan and Mother!

YouTube links: Sean Penn’s Oscar acceptance speech and the tracking shot on the way to the deli counter and the hardcore match and “big piece of meat” and Randy quits his job and “I’m here” and The Ram v The Ayatollah