Op-Ed: Oscar Contender The Wrestler Falls Flat

Posted Feb 21, 2009 by KJ Mullins
Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei are both up for Academy Awards for "The Wrestler." This is a movie that either grabs you or it doesn't.
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke starred in The Wrestler, about a washed-up pro wrestler trying to mend his life back together
Courtesy Fox Searchlight, photo by Niko Tavernese
I have heard some who were got engaged with The Wrestler and others who aren't as thrilled with the film. I am in the latter group. While there are some touching scenes the movie couldn't grasp me as in some of the other films that are up for the Oscars.
Rourke does give a convincing performance as a has been. Has been as a father, wrestler and in life. I waited to see a redeeming point, something that would help me feel for the character. Perhaps that was the entire premise but for me it fell flat.
Tomei was convincing as a dancer but I failed to see any true chemistry in the scenes with Rourke.
There are movies though that don't touch each person that views it. This is one of those.