August 15, 2010
Directed by Darren Aronofsky Produced by Darren Aronofsky & Scott Franklin Written by Robert D. Siegel Starring Mickey Rourke Marisa Tomei Evan Rachel Wood Ernest Miller Music by Clint Mansell Cinematography Maryse Alberti Editing by Andrew Weisblum Studio Wild Bunch Saturn Films Protozoa Pictures Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures (USA) Optimum Releasing (UK) Release date United States: December 17, 2008 (limited) January 23, 2009 (wide) Running time 109 min. Country United States France Language English I’ve been watching professional wrestling ever since the first Wrestlemania back in 1984, so I am familiar with the sport/entertainment and some of the characters in it. Whilst the movie is pure fiction and that Mickey Rourke’s Randy “The Ram” was never a real wrestler, I could see bits and pieces of other wrestlers in his make-up. There are several older past their prime wrestlers who still compete in school gymnasiums on the indy circuit. For example Abdullah the Butcher is 68 years old and still competes with no thoughts of retiring, while if you were one of the (very few) people who attended the Australian Hulkamania tour early this year you would have seen a main event consisting of 57-year-old Hulk Hogan and 61-year-old Ric Flair. It is also very easy to believe that even a top wrestler from 20 years ago could now be broke, as evidenced by Ric Flair who rumour has it, never invested his money wisely, lived the lifestyle that he portrayed on TV, and has several ex-wives and children to support. Similarly Hulk Hogan has just been through a messy divorce and has tried to get his daughter into the music industry and has had to pay for his sons mistakes also. It is easy to belive that a pro-wrestler could suffer from a heart attack despite being relatively (40s) young. Eddie Guerrero was just 38 years old when he died of a heart attack. The best thing about the film is that the Ram character is believable and that the viewer believes that he could be a real person. We empathise with everything he is going through and we want him to succeed. He is not perfect but he is likable. I suppose that this film is very similar to Rocky.