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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…
It is through The Fighter that David O. Russell began his hot streak of critically acclaimed features, one that reaches the ambitious heights of American Hustle, although I believe his latest film is his greatest film yet to come out of in his newly sparked career; and it was through this film that he began to tap into the domesticated drama that would define his later films, exploring the impact that they hold on his victimised protagonist, perceiving how they can be a source of burden or a source of support, conveyed either as a barrier from reaching their most realised selves or the catalyst that would propel them to their deserved extraordinary circumstances.
In The Fighter, we see both…
Over the years I have come to the realization that the best sports movies are not those that focus more on the competition and on the sport, but those that use the sport more as a background and give room for the dramatic side of the story to breathe (and the characters play a much bigger role). Let's see, what are the best films about the dirty world of fighting and boxing? Aronofsky's The Wrestler and, of course, the holy grails of boxing in cinema, Rocky and Raging Bull. Now, none of these films was really about the sport (in this case not just boxing, but also wrestling), but about the characters and their struggle; in fact, it were not…
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),…
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.
Not Best Picture worthy.
Christian Bale delivers a knockout punch for the ages. Too bad it comes in a fight for the title of most over the top stereotypes in a single movie. David O. Russell and his screenwriters won this round cleanly, but former champions of this art form (led by renowned grandmaster Stephen E. King) are hungry and jonesing for a fight.
Stay tuned, folks!
A (up from A-).
In the world of boxing and underdog films, this doesn't offer anything new to us. But that doesn't change the fact that this is still a pretty well done film! Terrific performance from everyone, Christian Bale steals every scene he's in and so does Melissa Leo. And Mark Wahlberg does great also.
I really liked David O. Russells direction here! The points he wanted to make and the way he staged scenes were good.
"The Fighter" really came to life for me a little bit, I forgot Dicky Ecklund was Christian Bale while watching this. And I was drawn into everything that was happening with the characters and the story.
It may just be another boxing and underdog film but its a pretty good one.
Worth watching for the performances, writing and direction.
got told it was as good as southpaw. that was a lie.
Watched on motel in Canada on DVD from the office. This film is amazing, so well done, can't say enough good about it.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not the best boxing film I've seen but in a lot of ways, it's not about the boxing. It envelops a range of other issues around the boxing and the low socioeconomic lifestyle. The way the discussion of the documentary is done is very well thought-out and really heightens those other issues. That you believe for the first half of the movie that the documentary they are making may well be about Dicky's comeback before, in one simple conversation, it is revealed that it's about the effects of crack. I thought that was outstanding dialogue.
But while we're here, can you imagine making a movie with Mark Wahlberg AND Christian Bale both constantly making their demands? The film won two Oscars but I think David O. Russell deserves his own Oscar for 'Most Patient Director Ever'.
#66 Muy buena, recomendable!!!
The entire first hour of this is like the first 20 minutes of most films when you don't know if you like it or not because you don't have enough information yet, but, you know, true story and that, so OSCARS
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