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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…
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…
Powered by terrific performances from its cast, The Fighter also happens to be David O. Russell's best film to date that may not rank amongst the finest examples of its genre but it still serves as a competently crafted sports biopic that's less about the sport and more about the athlete, his family & his path to redemption.
The story of The Fighter follows the life of professional boxer Micky Ward who withdraws from the sport after suffering a humiliating defeat in a match he already had reservations about. The plot chronicles the journey he takes to get back into the ring and also focuses on his relationship with his brother whose own life has taken a self-destructive course.
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),…
David O Russell's finest film, he takes what could have been a conventional boxing movie and shades it with deep family drama to make a far more engrossing story overall. Wahlberg's meek performance is a terrific anchor for the film, a man caught between dozens of strong personalities. Christian Bale gives one of the finest performances of all time as Dicky Eklund; drug addicted, vain and jittery. Amy Adams stands out as a powerful influence in Wards life, especially as a contrast with Ward's sisters and mother (a terrific Melissa Leo). The script is so powerful it feels like real life, with family conflict painful in its authenticity. The way the actors hang back uncomfortably in the frames, it's all just so incredible.
Christian Bale shined.
While it is pretty standard fare in terms of rags to riches sports films and boxing films specifically, the film is taken to another level by outstanding performances from all involved.
Cast and characters: 9/10
Production values: 9/10
Visual Effects: 7/10
As much as I despise David O. Russell as a person (I believe he was quite crappy to George Clooney and Lili Tomlin, amongst others) and, usually, Mark Wahlberg's acting, I love boxing movies. Mano-a-mano, with some sort of rules in place, is one of the most compelling confrontations in sports, and people can actually die, or be left a vegetable for the rest of their lives, from doing it. This isn't baseball or lawn bowling--it's compelling stuff, and hence it's big dramatic draw.
I watched this for four reasons: Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams (especially when she's bent over, on all fours, in her undies, on Micky Ward's bed) and the fact that it was a true story…
I'm in hurricane Matthew waiting for power to go out and my cousin made us watch this and I fell asleep and woke up and yelled DID I MISS WHEN AMY ADAMS BEATS THOSE BITCHES ASSES?
anyway imagine if I died in hurricane Matthew watching the fighter
i think this was a pretty good movie. I really wish i had more wiggle room with the rating system. 5 star systems suck
Drop some of your favorites and I'll add them to the list.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.