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Review: Wrassling for Significance 06.10.2009

Posted by Commodore Mendez in Movie reviews.
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Mickey is the movie's whole reason for being.

Mickey Rourke heads for the turnbuckle.

Movie: The Wrestler (2008)
This movie is like Rocky VIII, except with wrestling. The actors are good, although Mickey Rourke generates pathos just by standing there and letting us look at the history on his face. Marisa Tomei makes my heart tap out and proves once again that I should have accepted her marriage proposal all those years ago. Call me! The director does well by his previous overrated works by playing possum this time. The script reads like a New Yorker short story, for good or ill.
Compared to the great Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, this movie has a fondness for antiques.
If William Shatner had directed it, he would not have been able to resist putting on tights and showing us a few of the old dropkicks.
If Scotty had seen the movie with me, he’d have said, “The man orders a tequila and then leaves the bar. Is he daft?”
Overall: Wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson realizes his life is rotten and needs redemption. We’ve seen this before, but the insight into on-the-mat athletics is fascinating, the other stuff, meh.
SPOILER: Andre the Giant does NOT make an appearance, not as himself nor more importantly as Bigfoot.
I give this movie: 2.99 Nomads out of 5

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