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Trevor D. Hoier Says, in 2-1-2010 at 15:00:59 from     

For starters, if for no other reason at all, watch this movie for the performance by Mickey Rourke. This is one of the deepest and overwhelming/powerful performances you will ever see. In a one hour and forty five minute span, Rourke makes you like him, hate him, feel sorry for/pity him and possibly even cry for him..it is simply one of the best performances I have ever seen.

I have not seen ‘Milk’ but am looking forward to watching it. I hate to say this without seeing the performance by Sean Penn, but I can’t possibly imagine it is even a quarter of what Rourke pulled off, here. Everyone knows the Academy and the Hollywood Liberals, in general, are going to give the nod to a peer who plays a physically/mentally handicapped person or a character who is of the non-traditional sexual orientation. Those are just the facts…you add the fact Rourke is not a mainstream type of personality who intentionally tries to speak out against global issues as if he was the Dalai Lama of humanitarianism, and Sir Mick really had no shot….it’s a crying shame (but again, I look forward to seeing Penn’s performance).

To boot, ‘The Wrestler’ is a very good movie. Of course, Rourke’s performance has a lot to do with that, but this movie proves that pretty depressing subject matter can make for an extremely entertaining film when there are actual layers to the story (not the artsy films where it’s Joe Miserable sitting around feeling sorry for himself).

In a nutshell, Randy Robinson is at the end of a successful wrestling career. He’s still hanging on and performs in smaller vanues along the east coast. His lifetime of prescription drug abuse, steroid/HGH use and the sheer pounding his body has endured over a 20/25 year span has caused severe physical, mental and emotional damage. ‘The Wrestler’ is essentially this character study as he tries to hang on, give up, reconcile, find companionship, and figure out what it means to try and lead a “normal” life when he realizes that there has to be a life after the ring at some point.

I’m sure there are millions of people out there whose careers are much closer to the end than to the beginning and wonder just how in the hell they’re going to survive outside of a lifestyle they’ve lived and loved for so long, but their bodies and minds just can’t allow them to do it anymore. Can they survive?

Darren Aronofsky made a terrific movie. I’d give it four and a half stars if they allowed you to add a fraction in here. It’s very well made and paced perfectly…and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending.

A movie like this gives me hope for movie making, because it’s been really, really lousy lately (I hope they don’t remake this in 20 years).
Rating: 4 / 5

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MUZIK4THAPEOPLE!! Says, in 2-1-2010 at 17:43:02 from     

I’ve always liked Mickey Rourke’s work since the early 80’s,

but like alot of people, Mr. Rourke was always his own worst

enemy and burned alot of bridges in Hollywood, basically killing

his career before it really had time to soar to the

heights it could’ve back in the late 80’s/early 90’s!

He is also a very quirky person and would take long hiatuses

from his acting career to become a professional boxer,

ruining his once rugged good looks by having bizzare plastic

surgeries that seriously altered his chances for the prime

roles which he once commanded in Hollywood.

But in 2008, after almost two decades out of the spotlight,

Mickey Rourke’s career was given the breath of life in one

of the most amazing comebacks in recent history!

This movie, THE WRESTLER, masterfully directed by Darren Aronofsky,

who went and literally lifted Rourke up from obscurity to

play the lead role of a washed up, broken down wrestler who was

a big deal two decades before, but now is on his last leg.

Rourke could totally feel where this character was coming

from because his journey was very similar!

He hits this out of the ballpark and proves that your gift

is always your gift, no matter who old you get or who

forgets your name!

He deserves every bit of attention & accolades

he has gotten this year since his Golden Globes upset!

Marisa Tomei gives a great supporting performance as a stripper

who befriends Rourke’s character. Evan Rachel Wood is fantastic

as Rourke’s estranged daughter and I loved the dynamic

between them as well. Overall, a stellar performance,

a great film and one of the best comebacks in

movie history!—A must see!
Rating: 5 / 5

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sec127 Says, in 2-1-2010 at 19:41:15 from     

a deeply affecting drama. tremendous acting from Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. the writing is just teriffic and the directing is nuanced and beautiful. this is one fantastic film.
Rating: 5 / 5

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OILMAN Says, in 2-1-2010 at 22:21:46 from     

If I could give this movie half a star I would…….I agree with John”s review of this waste of time……….I went to see this stinker the other night looking forward to seeing Mickey Rourke…….On this so called comeback trail…movie…….well let me some this movie up for you in two words…….” IT STINKS”……Marisa Toume……..whom I happen to like a great deal……..remember her in “My Cousin Vinnie” ?……

well her un- stellar performance in this horrible movie…..i dare to say will not put her in line for any acadamy awards………Do yourself a favor

wait till this stinker makes cable…….or catch it on Netflix….

By the way did I let you know that it stinks??????
Rating: 1 / 5

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Great Scot. Says, in 2-1-2010 at 22:55:43 from     

If you live in a trailer, if you have two first names, if all your siblings have different fathers, then this movie is for you.

Mickey Rourkes puffy, plastic filled face is a tragedy. So is his greasy, blond hair extensions. His acting is overrated. So is this movie.

Sorry about the Oscar Mick, maybe next time.
Rating: 1 / 5

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