Rourke and Aronofsky’s The Wrestler

December 24, 2008

I was one of the few people who liked what Darren Aronofsky tried to do with The Fountain, even though it wasn’t fully successful, at least he tried for something grand.

And here with The Wrestler, he appears to have succeeded.

I have loved Mickey Rourke’s work since The Pope of Greenwich Village, and especially loved him in Year of the Dragon, Barfly, Desperate Hours, Sin City and Angel Heart.

Rourke was a boxer in the early 90’s and suffered many facial injuries, and has had plastic surgery to boot, all this combines to give us the truly unique visage that we see today.

This story of a washed out Wrestler fighting back some dignity, looks to be the neo-realist Rocky. It looks quite simply, superb. Can’t wait to see it…

2 Responses to “Rourke and Aronofsky’s The Wrestler”

  1. coffee said

    Mickey Rourke’s comeback story reminds me a lot of Robert Downey Jr. for some reason

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