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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…
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…
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…
Slightly better than Silver Linings Playbook.
The best thing about this is the family depiction. The self-interested hangers on older brother and mother. The kindly, good-natured but outnumbered and defeated father. The flock of unattractive and uninteresting no hoper sisters. I've always been a fan of Bale and Melissa Leo, so got a kick out of their performances. Bale has the most impressive performance in the film, stealing every scene with ease. Making lovable monsters for Bale is as simple as brushing his teeth.
A lot of films have the good guy in the ring surrounded by a sea full of sharks, but this is more blatant which is thrilling. It's definitely a film steeped in boxing history with its own take.
Otherwise, the film has this slightly irritating self-aware realism which rubs me the wrong way.
Each time I watch this, I get more and more emotional over Christian Bale's performance and wish that the film focused on him instead.
Micky Ward has less personality than the hero of any other boxing movie I can remember. Maybe that's because he can't get a word in edgewise. He has a motormouth crackhead for a brother, a mom who acts as his manager and seven blond-headed sisters who seem to be on a break from a musical being filmed on the next soundstage. It's easy to imagine Micky growing up in this family and sitting ignored in the corner.
David O. Russell's “The Fighter” is based on Ward's true story, and perhaps Micky (Mark Wahlberg) is flat and withdrawn here because he is in life. His family is spectacularly dysfunctional. Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), his half-brother, is the failed version of what…
On it's own, The Fighter is a solid film, with an excellent, offbeat turn from Christian Bale, and an intriguing boxing story. In the context of David O. Russell's oeuvre, it's problematic. This is the first (but not the last) movie Russell made that could have been made by other directors. I understand that Russell did it to get back on his feet, and be able to make more films. Yet, in the years since the came out we've seen that this wasn't a stepping stone to making more purposeful, unique projects. Instead his made Oscar-baiting confections. And it all started here.
This movie simply doesn't feel unique, or groundbreaking, or challenging. Other boxing movies have been much better than…
Was this supposed to be taken seriously?
If you're not a fan of Christian Bale. I say to that? Watch this film. It's his best work hands down. Absolutely phenomenal.
It's pacing isn't very good and it does get boring at moments, but The Fighter is a very well written and acted film. Whalberg, Adams, Bale and Leo all give excellent performances, bringing me into the family dilemas they have throughout the film. It's boxing scenes are pretty intense, O' Russell's direction really was great since it made me feel like I actually was there. It's writing is good and some pretty good music choices, The Fighter is a pretty good sports film.
Enorme Bale y enorme Mark en esta pelicula sobre 2 hermanos boxeadores rodeados en un entorno hostil para triunfar en este deporte.
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