This is the last movie I saw in the theater and it was money well spent (but I would have preferred to pay $8 like the good ole' days). Okay I have to get this out of the way upfront: I can't believe that once sex symbol Rourke is now a crater faced lice infected creature--but his body was SICK in the movie, I must admit. For 52 years old, it's a surprise that his body could even get like that anymore. BUt I digress, I love the movie. The ending is a bit abrupt, but I won't give it away by saying much more than that. This movie mimicked Rourke's life. I felt like this was his life, just on camera. It was great. It wallowed in self-pity and agony, but reality all at once. Marisa Tomei, who I love, was good in the movie. I hope I look that good at her age! meow! Evan Rachel Wood was terrific. She embodies the whole angst-ridden teenager thing to a "t" in most her movies, but she really had my sympathy in this one. and think her angst was totally validated based on a father who was never there for her and only came around when he was on his last leg.
"I'm an old broken down piece of meat and I deserve to be all alone, I just don't want you to hate me."
The first twenty minutes or so of the movie were pretty much wrestling scenes that made me kind of cringe, mostly because i wasn't sure Mickey was going to make it through them. But it wasn't just a movie about wrestling. It was about growing old and growing up at the same time. The movie was shot very grainy (is that a real word?), meaning it was totally clear and colorful but it was almost like it was shot on a low budget camera, but i think that made it all the more real. Like, the camera walked in the same stride as the characters on film--kinda bumpy, but cool. Check it out. Great performances, great story.
My rating: A