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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…
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…
The Fighter was released in 2010, and critics loved it. The film was very successful, and won 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. 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 on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.
The Fighter features terrific performances by the entire cast, some great fighting sequences, and an intriguing storyline to go along with it. Mark Wahlberg plays Mickey Ward to perfection. Personally, I'm not a fan of the sport of boxing, but I do know that he delivered an Oscar worthy performance. Christian Bale steals the…
Film #5 of The June Challenge.
There is something special about the way David O. Russell directs his actors. He treats them not as separate performances, but as one ensemble where everyone gets a chance to interact. Not just little bits of chatter, but meaty scenes with real to life conversation. The Fighter is an actor's dream.
O. Russell also has a way of using clichés to his advantage. Yes, there is the been there, done that underdog boxing story, the reformed party girl, and a host of other staples of the type of story O. Russell sets out to tell. The difference is the characters. There are points (a prime example being the scene where Dicky confronts Charlene) where…
Boxing has never been a sport that interests me. I find it vain, without grace and swarming with absolute egomaniacs. So I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed The Fighter, but then in actual fact David O. Russell's sport drama is less about boxing itself, as it is the two pugilist brothers at the heart of this real-life story; of the family troubles, soul destroying addictions, and falls from grace that make up the journey they're on. With a whiff of Rocky-style second chances amongst its DNA, Russell's film becomes a tale less of winning, more of fighting to save the most important things in the world - driven by two excellent, dynamic performances.
The relationship between brothers…
Christian Bale plays a super convincing meth head.
5/10: Feels it's massively overrated - can't believe hyped as Oscar contender for best picture. Just a very average boxing family drama. For good boxing films I recommend, in order of my preference, The Hurricane (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Raging Bull (1980) and of course, Rocky (1976).
Brilliant story and Brilliant acting
Great acting by Whalberg, Adams and Bale, but a somewhat coventional story.
Part of THE DECEMBER CHALLENGE
There are a lot of great performances in this by-the-books biography, no doubt about it. Christian Bale is phenomenal as always. He is truly the lfie of the screen. His story, though a mere subplot, is one that sticks in my mind. In fact, it's the only thing that does. His subplot is so much more interesting in Mark Whalberg's bland rise to fame. I can easily see this film working so much better by just focusing on him. The title could still stay "The Fighter", because it is about Christian Bale's fight to overcome his stupidity and everyone's prejudice.
Melissa Leo is unrecognizably sickening. She was excellent, but her character (Along…
It's not fuckin' ladylike to be shoutin' a review in the street like this, all right. Quaker.
This is a great movie.
Mark Wahlberg was great in this film, but even though his character was the focus of the movie he almost seemed like the least important character. There were so many other storylines being told around the main plot involving Mark that were much more dramatic and sort of distracted things. I suppose that could have been intentional as much of the plot revolved around Mark’s character being held back by his family drama. Christian Bale was nearly unrecognizable in this role and played the part very convincingly, although his drug addict character was often fairly annoying. Melissa Leo was good in her role too but her character was also pretty grating at times. Aside from all of the remarkable performances,…
la mejor película de boxeo que vi hasta ahora incluyendo rocky. david es un gran director de cine.
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