Very minor spoilers ahoy! This has been out on DVD for a long while now - but I'm nice and still warning ya.
Final scene in The Wrestler. Fade to black. Bruce Springsteen starts warbling.
Me: Oh. My. God. This better not be the end or I'm gonna be pissed.
After several moments of black screen, credits start rolling.
Me: Oh. My. God. How much did that suck?
My Man: I liked it.
Me: I didn't end!!!!!!!
My Man: It did so "end." It just didn't end the way you wanted it too.
Dammit. I hate it when he's right.
Me: I didn't end! It just stopped!!!!!!
My Man: Not everything has to be like one of your books Wendy. Life doesn't wrap itself up neatly and tie a bow around itself.
Me: And that, my dear, is exactly what is wrong with the world today.
My Man: Well, I liked it.
Me: Ugh! It didn't "end!"
Final Thoughts With Super Librarian: The Wrestler is worth seeing if you're an acting junkie. The acting is very good in it. Most noteworthy, Marisa Tomei is particularly wonderful. I told My Man that not many actresses her age would take such a risk playing that part (she spends 95% of the movie naked). To his credit My Man says that not just any actress could. Not just because Tomei is in great shape (she is by the way), but because she can do "vulnerable" really, really well. She's that interesting mix of kick-ass, tough-as-nails Jersey girl, with a soft marshmallow center.
Evan Rachel Wood is also very good here - and one forgets that she's actually a capable actress. I'm always distracted by her on-again, off-again relationship with Marilyn Manson. Besides the icky age difference, that guy is just plain creepy.
Mickey Rourke. Hmmmm, I'm just not seeing this as some great comeback for him. First off, he's been "back" for several years working as a character actor. And I might be in the minority here, but Rourke The Character Actor is way more interesting to me than Rourke The Leading Man. Don't believe me? Check out The Rainmaker, Man On Fire and/or Sin City. Rourke is so good in those parts you actually want to see more of him. Leading man material? Yeah, he's never done all that much for me. That includes 9 1/2 Weeks. For anyone reading this who is under the age of 25? Yeah, Mickey Rourke used to be hot. My advice is to do a shot of vodka, lay down, and put a cool washcloth on your forehead. Yeah, Mickey Rourke used to be hot.
Final Grade = C-. The Acting = B+/A-