Film of the day: The Wrestler

The Wrestler - Mickey Rourke

Drama about an ageing professional wrestler (Mickey Rourke), who tries to come to terms with life outside the ring and is faced with an offer of a high-profile rematch with his 1980s arch-nemesis.

Rourke gives the performance of his career as the fading star Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, 20 years beyond his shelf life he is a man whose whole sense of being is his ring persona – and that is slowly slipping away.

Darren Aronofsky’s film is a candid, unwashed look at mid-life and how former stars cope with the realisation that they have become irrelevant. Great filmmaking!

The Wrestler – Friday at 10.00pm on Viceland.