After months of hearing how amazing Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler is, we’ve finally been given a trailer to confirm the hype.
Mickey Rourke stars as Randy ‘Ram’ Robinson, a professional wrestler from the eighties who has fallen on tough times. When a heart attack sends him out of the game for good, he gains employment at a deli, strikes up a friendship with a stripper (Marisa Tomei), and attempts to reconcile with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). However, the prospect of a rematch against his greatest rival tempts him back into the ring for a possibly life-endangering fight.
The film won the Golden Lion (Best Film) at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, and many consider Mickey Rourke a shoo-in for a Best Actor nomination at the upcoming Oscars. However, the film itself is rarely mentioned alongside Best Picture contenders The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, and even The Dark Knight. The film is currently holding 100% positive reviews over at Rotten Tomatoes. After seeing this trailer, I think the film may have a real shot for the title.
The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky, opens January 16 in Australia.