The wife and I were finally able to see The Wrestler last weekend - I've been looking forward to seeing this flick for months now because (a) I heard Mickey Rourke's performance was excellent, and (b) I still like professional wrestling (for some reason). I figured I'd give a quick review without giving too much away.
First, Mickey Rourke was awesome - he really worked on the part of this broken-down wrestler, and his performance made me really "believe" he was a wrestler. It seemed like he took a bunch of real bumps for the flick - which really added to the authenticity of the movie. The co-stars were excellent - Marissa Tomei was great as a stripper (plus, you got to see her boobies almost the entire movie). Evan Rachel Wood played the scorned daughter perfectly. Plus, the supporting cast was very believable.
My wife almost walked out of the theater during the one wrestling match - it was reminiscent of the classic ECW hard-core matches, complete with a power stapler ... I'll leave it at that.
But, the one thing I didn't like about the movie was the lack of closure at the end. Additionally, the movie pulled a Sopranos on us by fading to black abruptly, leaving the rest of the "experience" to the audience's imagination. Look, I'm a simpleton. I don't go to a movie to "imagine" what would happen next. I want to KNOW what happened - I want to see it with my own eyes. Indie flicks always seem to pull this crap, just to be "different," and to get people talking. Sorry guys - I'm not talking about what I think happened - instead I'm talking about how lame you are for pulling that crap.
All in all, a good movie - may not be worth the trip to the theater, though.