'The Wrestler' trailer: What do you think?

You’ve heard the buzz, and now you can read it in the trailer for Mickey Rourke’s Darren Aronofsky-directed comeback, The Wrestler. "A harmonic convergence of player and part that happens once in a blue moon… witness the resurrection of Mickey Rourke," says Newsweek‘s David Ansen. "Tender, gripping, and altogether remarkable," adds EW‘s own Owen Gleiberman. But does the trailer make you a believer?

My answer: yes. Once I got over how much Rourke looks like Tom Berenger (a comeback I’m not ready for), they had me. I’m a sucker for an aging, teary-eyed wrestler, wearing a hearing aid, calling himself an old broken down piece of meat that deserves to be alone, and asking his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) for forgiveness. I’m also loving the Bruce Springsteen song. The man’s voice is like a stamp that reads "The real deal," isn’t it? You buying it?

More on Mickey Rourke and The Wrestler:
Chris Nashawaty’s Oct. ’08 feature on Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke’s essential films
Owen Gleiberman’s initial Toronto Film Festival report on ‘The Wrestler’

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  • Shamrock

    Is EW finally listening to it’s readers because I don’t see one ‘Twilight’ headline in PopWatch, or is it because it hasn’t gotten great reviews?

  • paige

    f-yea i’m buying it! this movie cant come out fast enough. the trailer was amazing! Ive been a huge fan of Aronofsky’s for a while now and he has yet to dissapoint me. Mickey Rourke looks perfect as does Marisa Tomei. The Lead Actor race is gonna be hard one this year.

  • Ar

    I think the Wrestler looks great. I was actually really moved by the trailer already and the exchange between him and his daughter (*tear*)
    I will go watch it.

  • Rob Grizzly

    It looks great. I don’t care so much about Mickey Rourke, I’m just glad there is a serious movie about professional wrestling. The story looks to be closer in tone to the true life story of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, not Hulk Hogan. This psuedo-sport can be pretty compelling to examine behind all the theatrics.

  • Jon

    I felt a mix of incredulity and sadness while I watched this. My exact thought was, “Why is a movie about a pro wrestler making me tear up?” I am really looking forward to this movie, even though it looks like the trailer gives the whole movie, beginning to end, away.

  • Ceballos

    I think the movie looks absolutely fantastic on its own merits. When you add in Rourke’s story and the way it appears to reflect the character, that just takes it to another level.
    Can’t wait for this one. Rob Grizzly is right. Pro wrestling is an infinitely compelling subject matter and I’m happy to see a serious director taking it on and making a solid work of fiction (not that I don’t sneak a quick peek at “Ready to Rumble” when it’s on).

  • Amber

    I think it looks great too. I like all the actors in it. Good for Mickey Rourke.

  • MikerMan

    I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. I’m SO glad Nicholas Cage didn’t do this one. Rourke is perfect in the role! I can’t wait!

  • Alex

    I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and I can’t wait for it to come out so I can see it again – The Wrestler is an absolutely brilliant film from start to finish.

  • Amelia

    A nice, sweet, tender movie for the holiday season. I want to see it!

  • harrya

    can’t wait to see it

  • thad

    looks great. Tomei in a hit movie? And it took Rourke to do it? Where is the eclipse?

  • Heather

    Huh. This actually looks spot on and right for Mickey Rourke. And it was a lovely trailer.

  • ray

    reminds me of rocky 6 kind of

  • Matt Schmieding

    I saw it last week and have to say, it’s a hard watch but definitely lives up to the hype. Rourke pours his heart into the character and should win the oscar for sure.

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