"The Wrestler" Review
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
I first remember hearing about "The Wrestler" when I was in eighth grade and how the whole angle involving Shawn Michaels and JBL in late 2008 (remember that?) was being based off it to promote the movie. So, one day in class when someone was asking what the movie was about, I told them that someone was doing the dirty work for someone else because they were in debt to them. As I would soon find out, I couldn't have been more wrong (ha ha). Of course, due to its R rating, I was unable to see "The Wrestler" in theaters when it was initially released, so all I saw of it at the time was whatever footage was shown on Raw (the movie's main star Mickey Rourke and Chris Jericho were "feuding" at the time). It wasn't until Easter weekend in April 2009 that I finally got a chance to watch the film. I skipped around some parts at the time, so it wasn't until just a few weeks ago on April 14th (the six year anniversary of when I first became a wrestling fan) that I watched the movie in its entirety, and it was just as amazing as I remember it being, if not better.
First and foremost, let me state that this movie might not be for kids, which should be obvious given the fact it's Rated R. So, I hope older wrestling fans with kids keep that in mind before watching, as it contains pretty vulgar language and nudity. The beauty of this movie is that it won't attract just wrestling fans. It received critical acclaim upon its release and was nominated for two Academy Awards. It even helped reinvigorate Rourke's acting career. Speaking of whom, Rourke was absolutely phenomenal in "The Wrestler". He was so dedicated to his part that anyone could have believed that was his real life profession. The range of emotions he shows, including feeling sorry for himself, regretting past life decisions and love for a friend of his who happens to be a prostitutes, gives his character many different layers that the viewer watches develop over the course of the film.