Living and Dying by the Body Jul 30, 2009
"The Wrestler" was a well-shot, cinema verite-style film, but the story was hackneyed, especially the wrestler's estrangement from his daughter.
The chief revelation is the viewer's amazement at Mickey Rourke's botched plastic surgery, and that he apparently spent every free moment of his fame hanging out in the gym.
An actor who has Sylvester Stallone's body and Joan Rivers' face is, relatively speaking, inexpressive. Rourke is reduced to his raspy whisper of a voice But of course the story is about those who live and perish by their aging bodies--not only Rourke's wrestler but Marisa Tomei's stripper. As a low-life redemptive genre flick "The Wrestler" was passable.