Mickey Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a famous fictional wrestler who peaked during the 80s.
Now, 20 years on, the aging warrior is skint, falling apart and alone. We follow him (often over his shoulder as he wheezes along) through the autumn of his life where one staged but bloody fight too many puts him in touch with mortality. Essentially The Wrestler is similar to Rocky, though on the whole, it makes for more realistic cinema. At times Randy makes you laugh and at times you’ll feel extremely touched and even down. Given Rourke’s own turbulent past it is hard to imagine anyone playing the part quite as effectively as he does.
It’s fair to say I’m counting down the day (yes, day!) until I finish work for Christmas (and today we’re just moving offices). I’m in need of a battery recharge or whatever you want to call it. I’m hoping I’ll be in one piece, it feels horribly like I’m coming down with something just in time for Christmas, guh.