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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…
It's full of clichés, it's highly predictable, and perfect all the while. Despite its flaws the Fighter succeeds thanks to Wahlberg, Adams, Leo, and especially Bale's extraordinary performances, as well as an outstanding script that shows an excellent dramatic piece about family and making tough decisions when they're in your way. Wahlberg's character's struggle outside the ring is crafted beautifully and it's the deciding factor in making this film more than another boxing flick.
Letter Grade: A
"Where'd you fuckin park the ca boo boo?"
I don't know what it is about boxing but it makes for good films. This is not Rocky but it's no doubt my second favorite boxing film of all time. The beauty about this one is that it's more about family than boxing and one man's longing to be recognized by his loved ones. Mark Wahlberg is sometimes entertaining but hardly that good of a actor. However, his portray of Micky Ward is his best pure acting role of his career. You really get a good sense of the funk he is in with his career and his want to be appreciated by his family. Amy Adams is always…
Performance is awesome. The casts are amazing. In the end, I would say The Fighter is a very good movie.
Family can be the most powerful force in the world, sometimes the support of your family is what pulls you through a dark period and on occasion family can be a real ball and chain. The Fighter at its heart explores this concept.
Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale play off each other extremely well, Bale in particular being somewhat transformed as the older brother attempting to live vicariously through his younger brother. Bale's Dicky pushes Wahlberg's Micky often in the wrong direction and one of the strongest aspects of the film is watching the power dynamic in their relationship shift.
Amy Adams and Melissa Leo also give great supporting turns, like almost all David O. Russell movies the cast gives…
A very difficult movie to categorise, being a darkly slapstick feel good family movie about boxing and drug addiction. But that's why it's so great.
Literally the first movie I've ever watched where I've ever liked Wahlberg, so that's something as well.
Embraces blue collar Boston culture, capturing the mindset with a deferential eye, and as a byproduct, the organic humor.
Yawningly predictable and peppered with unconvincing boxing scenes, yet everything works because the performances are so universally strong. Great example of how average material can be elevated by superb actors. Bale is bug-eyed, weird and utterly bewitching, a Raoul Duke of pugilism, while Leo is deliciously hateful, chock full of venomous looks and barbed comments.
I tend to not be a big fan of sports movies, mainly because they follow such formulaic plots. I also happen to be a nerd, so when have sports ever interested me. The Fighter on the other hand, despite its incredibly vague title, changed the formula enough to make it a sports film even my nerdy self could appreciate.
Based on the true story of boxer Micky Ward, The Fighter follows his rise to stardom as he must deal with his career and his large and chaotic family. Most importantly Ward's caring but drug addicted half-brother and trainer Dicky.
The Fighter, like most David O. Russell films, benefits most from its acting and characters. Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg)…
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