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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.
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…
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),…
We have films with the same history (The warrior) but the difference are the actors, the acting....how do you tell the history and in these movie we can see all this.
Bale....great, great performance, we can see your soul...your body and your dedication.
Great story, what a great cast ... Go Mickey !! great line..... Micky Ward: You ain't me, all right. You can't be me. You had a hard enough time being you
"Where'd you park the fucking car Boo-Boo" is the best line in any movie that has come out in 2010.
Christian Bale gets a well deserved Oscar for his role as a drug addled former boxer.
Mark Wahlberg surprises us all by showing us that his role in the Departed wasn't a fluke and that he actually can act.
The last three films of David O. Russell which included this made me interested in watching his other films. The casting was great so was the performance. It may appear that Christian Bale is overacting while Mark Wahlberg is underacting but the footage on the end shows they did a realistic portrayal of the boxing brothers. Should have included one of the highlights of the career of Micky Ward which was the trilogy of fights with rival Arturo Gatti.
The Fighter is a film about (highly) dysfunctional families masquerading as a Hollywood boxing film. While the boxing is obviously a huge part of the story- it is the constant that ensures the Ward-Eklund clan don't fall apart- it is the family dynamics that put The Fighter well above your usual sports genre fare.
I've really struggled with David O'Russell's subsequent two pictures- The Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle- due to their cluttered, free-for-all style. Characters shouting over the top of each other and just general incoherence. I think The Fighter is where he got it just right. There are plenty of moments where multiple characters are speaking or more commonly, yelling, at each other. But you can always…
Fantastic performances all round, with a predictable but moving storyline.
This movie is way overrated. Its good but not great. I dont understand people thinking Walberg is a good actor. He is the same in every movie. Best actor def goes to Bale in this one.
Great ensemble drama. Not just for fight fans.
The pain is very real in this warts and all biopic of the Ward Brothers struggles in and out of the ring.
I'll admit that I didn't watch this because of David O. Russell, and especially not because I'm interested in the true story. No, my reason for watching this was to get me some Hoyte van Hoytema goodness. And indeed, it delivered in that regard. He makes even the most run-down, squalid locations look great, and the way he shoots the boxing matches as a pay-per-view event on video is particularly inspired (it helps ground some of the more cliched elements of the ending, like the Inspirational "Win This Thing" Speech and the climactic victory celebration, by shooting them like a not particularly proficient ringside cameraman would).
As for the rest, it's good and all too. Christian Bale is the standout,…
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