Rourke is indeed very good as a aging wrestler disintegrating before
our eyes. And there are some beautifully shot sequences.
But there's also a lot of hokum, especially in the failed relationship
with his daughter, and the stripper played by Marisa Tomei, who is
trapped in a similar downward spiral to Rourke, and may be his only
hope, simply doesn't have the depth to balance him.
For me, a good, solid movie, but not the masterpiece a lot of critics
claimed, at least on first viewing.
I'm a fan of Aronofsky's, but I found this the least brave and
compelling of his films.