The Wrestler

I don’t like fake wrestling.  It just doesn’t appeal to my sensibilities or my sense of sporting.  But this story certainly does appeal to me and now it’s ready for you to bring home, because I know it will appeal to you too.

Starting this April 21st, now available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes a transformative and ultimately moving piece of motion picture art.  The Wrestler is ready to come barreling right out of your television screen and pile drive your heart with its broad and dark emotional appeal.  Bring home this astounding modern classic today!

Randy Robinson was, many years ago, once a well-known professional wrestler known as “The Ram.”  At the height of his career, he battled the Ayatollah in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.  Now he’s washed up, beat down and falling apart.  He has no relationship with his grown daughter and when he attempts to be involved in her life, everything falls apart again.  He spends most of his free time at a local strip club, where he pines after a stripper who is also past her prime.  His only friends are other retired wrestlers and he jumps at the chance to have a rematch between him and the Ayatollah.  It’s his one chance for glory.  Yet a heart attack almost destroys him and heartbreaks are his constant companion.  How will his comeback fare?  This movie stars Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Ernest Miller and was directed by Darren Aranofsky.

The special features included on this DVD are a featurette about life inside of the ring and a music video for “The Wrestler” written and performed by Bruce Springsteen.  That is a little sparse on bonus materials, but when the movie is this great, I can forgive that.

This movie was phenomenal.  I thought it would be good because Darren Aranofsky was directing it and he always makes good movies.  But I was blown away by just how great it actually was.  It’s a fantastically moving look at life and growing old and regrets your choices will always leave with you.  It’s gloriously dark and tinged with just enough hopelessness to sparkle of cruel reality.  Mickey Rourke puts in the greatest performance I have ever seen him give.  But what’s with Marisa Tomei’s new MO of getting naked in every movie she’s in now?  All in all, that’s probably not a bad decision.  The scene where the Ram wrestles the Necro Butcher was insane, but it’s the ending, the long, final, lingering scene that goes on and on that blew me away.  This film has such dark depths that you can dive in and never come up for air again.

Don’t Wrestle with this decision, just get this fantastic film today!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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