Evan Rachel Wood
I enjoyed the minor details here most of all, like the truth about steroids, the concealed razors, Marisa Tomei’s exposed rack (despite the fact it came ten years too late), the comradery between these men and how they were so gentle outside the ring but with the flip of a switch became the caged animals people screamed for. I wasn’t very impressed with the Ram’s spoiled lesbian daughter though, I felt she could have been just a little more understanding. And overall I couldn’t help but feel somewhat detached from her and Tomei’s story arcs. Loneliness aside, I found the Ram’s major conflict to be more a personal battle he had to face on his own, yet these two women, (for the most part) just took turns kicking him in the nuts. Not exactly the support he needed.
I enjoy Aronofsky’s work behind the camera, and most notably his eye for detail. Rest assured this time his vision is much easier to understand (unlike THE FOUNTAIN which was literally all over the place), his focus here being the various complex layers that make up Rourke’s dramatic character. There’s definitely a rare sort of magic to be found here, however I do feel (like Aronofsky’s previous films) this is another title I’ll no doubt only watch a couple times. But armed with a powerful, warm your heart ending (which is exactly what I was rooting for), at least I can say I got what I wanted for a change.
THE WRESTLER is a great drama flick to kick back and open up to, whether you’re a fan of wrestling or not. Your heart will go out to the Ram (like mine did), especially during his scenes in the deli or my personal favorite, when he’s playing wrestling on the Nintendo with one of the neighborhood kids. People like to say wrestling is fake, but as this film so boldly illustrates, for these tremendous athletes the sport of wrestling is EVERYTHING, and whether they like it or not, it consumes them. I can’t stress enough how happy I am to see that all the gut wrenching sacrifices these people make for our entertainment, are finally getting the acknowledgment and respect they deserve.
Wrestler Round Table: A true treat for wrestling fans, featuring thoughts and secrets from some of wrestling’s greatest stars of yesterday. These guys LOVED the movie and couldn’t give Mickey enough praise. It was really cool to see.
“The Wrestler” Music Video: Bruce Springsteen’s hauntingly beautiful song he wrote for the movie. I still think he got shafted on the awards front. There's also three trailers that play before the feature.
Disc Two is the Digital Copy, perfect for anyone constantly on the go. Or if you need to come up with an on the spot gift idea!