Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler is a hard-hitting, gut-punching movie about a broken man who finds solace in the ring. Helmed by a career-defining performance by Mickey Rourke, this movie puts you right in the middle of the show, and it never lets go.
The supporting cast is lead by Marisa Tomei, a stripper who has a big heart, and Randy 'The Ram' Robinson's daughter played by the one and only, Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood.
The camera-work is stunningly real and the characters are the centerpiece here, with Clint Mansell's soundtrack taking the backseat this time around.
A little bit rough on the edges and it could have used more screen-time on Tomei and Wood, but ultimately, this is the story of the man beyond the ring versus the legend of the ring. That inner struggle that Randy Robinson faces, the clash of the person inside and outside the ring, makes this a special movie.