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Every dream deserves a fighting chance.
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.
This has got to be my favorite Mark Wahlberg performance! Christian Bale was unconscious too! Amy Adams and Melissa Leo were something else too. Not only is The Fighter full of great performances, it's also a great movie!!
The metaphor comparing life with a boxing ring has always called my attention. The more I keep growing up, the more I realize that's true in many ways, even if the clashes are more often psychological and emotional rather than physical, despite that life has some serious punches prepared for you. The reality is, however, that both in life and in the ring, you decide to take the punches. In both situations you have to fight back, but there are some drawbacks that you can avoid.
This "docudrama" emphasizes just that. The Fighter is not a boxing film. It is a feature that explores the fears of an overprotective family that does not trust people that they haven't known. The…
Every now and again an actor goes that extra yard to give the performance of his career. Many thought Christian Bale would probably never better his turn here in David O.Russell's The Fighter which deservedly won him an Oscar. The dramatic weight-loss, the demeanor of an addict perfectly captured, and that incredible Boston accent that for a Welshman was quite something, he immersed himself completely for his art. The film however is not about Bale's Dicky Eklund, but about his younger brother Micky, his family, his trials and tribulations, and his unexpected rise to the top of professional boxing.
The Fighter isn't Rocky. It could be, but it's not, this is real life and the harsh reality of what it…
It may be called The Fighter, but its not really about boxing and it focuses on family drama. This film reminded me of The Wrestler at times and yet it lacks the emotional hook of my favorite Aronofsky film. Don't misunderstand my criticism of the film because it has some emotional moments. Acting was certainly memorable with Bale playing the junkie brother, who leaves more of an impression than Wahlberg. The matriarch of this family full of female freaks was a bit irritating at times. Maybe that's how her part was written. Amy Adams on the other hand was an impressive force during the entire film as a lynchpin for Wahlberg, who was rather soft for a boxer.
Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund...wow. Between his performances in Out of the Furnace and The Fighter, if I knew nothing about the actor I would just assume he was from the rust belt of America. He is able to tap into more than just a caricature of the working class American from the northeast. It's beyond impressive, to where it's almost unbelievable.
Punch for punch, Melissa Leo was keeping up with Bale, the entire cast made this movie what it is.
Charlene (Adams) asks - "Who's everybody?" [wondering how many people/who was with him] to which Micky (Wahlberg) replies "My brother." An almost dismissive scene really resonated with me, because to Micky (who worshiped his brother, following in his footsteps),…
I had a remarkably hard time finding an emotional anchor in this film. As a movie it has some great strengths, but as a story it didn't work very well for me. In his review, Roger Ebert claims that Marky Mark's character is the film's weakness. I think that points in the right direction, but while he's weaker than a lot of the supporting characters, for me he has enough of an arc to be believable (being pushed over in the beginning to gradually standing up for himself).
The problem in my eyes is that there isn't the right balance of conflict. There's the good on one side and the evil on the other, and the scales are weighted too…
Just a brilliant set of performances with a great dose of O. Russell's quirky dialogue, soundtrack, and subtle but hilarious scenes.
It is hard to make an original boxing movie. Man is born hard, man finds gym, man wears scary shorts, "cut me Mick," man triumphs against the odds.
Here's the full disclosure of what I personally brought to this viewing: I saw Rocky 6 times in the summer of 1976. I respect that Raging Bull is one of the great films of the past 50 years, but I find it unwatchable.
Here's the truth, though, bro: You never, nev-ah, think you're better than anyone else in Massachusetts, you nev-ah go outside the family, and the madder you get, the more you f**kin say f**kin in every f**kin sentence. One interviewer described the characters as "realer than real," and film maker David O Russell replied that they actually dialed them down for the film. I tot'ly believe that.
This is one of those great sports movies that comes out of no where and fills a whole street with uppercuts! Christian Bale always has stellar transformations. The fact that this between Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises is crazy. He puts everything into preparation into his roles. One of the reasons I believe Christian Bale is a fantastic actor. Mark Wahlberg shines here too. I love him in comedies, but here you really feel for him and believe his family is holding him back. It really hurts though when Dickie is released from prison and all he wants is to be with and train his brother but he doesn't want him. It's a great emotional film and I love the characters and just everything.
This is a very good movie that is not about anything at all on any level
Bale is so good in this that many other characters seem thin in comparison, especially Wahlberg's ostensible lead character Micky. But even given that problem, and the formulaic story, this is funny and alive. I don't think it's cool to like David O. Russell anymore, and this is overall one of his weaker efforts, but even when he's not firing on all cylinders I like his movies.
The Fighter is an incredible film. It feels realisitc and there are grest performances from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams.
What was that? No, seriously, what the fuck was that? This is the movie that was nominated for seven awards in 2010; and one of them was ‘Best Original Screenplay’? What?!? WHAT!?! I think the Oscar voters must’ve been high.
This is one of the worst films I have seen this decade. Where do I start? Other than Mark Wahlberg, who plays Micky, there is not ONE character that isn’t in any way likeable, not in the slightest. His family is the typical trailer trash family who you are supposed to automatically hate. I would’ve loved some backstory on why they are like this. If anyone in this family were to get in trouble, I would grab a snack and…
Strong and emotional boxing movie about a messed up family. It was down to earth, and it really dragged me into the story. A great watch.
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