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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),…
amy adams can fight me any time
i don't give a shit about anything in this movie except for amy adams.
Where's Arturo Gatti? seriously the movies half over and he hasn't showed up yet. Wait, he's not in the movie. He gets one crappy mention at the end? What The Hell? Gatti is the only reason Mickey is famous. It's consider one the greatest fights of all time and it's the highest point of Mickey's rough career.
Fighting Gatti was the only time Mickey get a million dollar pay day. And that's not even that much. He won The WBU title, but that means close to nothing. Mickey lost 13 fights. Bottom line, he wasn't that good. Arturo Gatti brought the best out in him.
It's a real shame. Seeming how Gatti's dead now. I've heard rumors of Jeremy Ferrera playing him in the sequel.
There's a documentary about Gatti V Ward. It's on YouTube check it out.
ugh this is a masterpiece
Amy Adams and Christian Bale are pretty great in this, kinda wish they'd had more scenes together.
But yeah, THIS is how you do a sports-based drama. Fuck you, Moneyball.
Loved it. I was really pumped during the finale fight! Even though you know who's gonna win (b'cuz its a movie), yet if there's energy and excitement about what and how it's gonna go down. So, it's worth watching! Worth your time. And even the drama was intriguing. Direction by Mr. Russell was good (I loved his "Silver Linings Playbook" too).
It's unfair that every boxing movie be compared to Rocky. I mean you don't compare every cop movie to Chinatown, Dirty Harry, Die Hard, or anything like that do you?
But for the sake of it, I'm going to do it, because every other review on this fucking site has.
Here's my comparison. Both movies are inspirational as hell... But in very different ways. Rocky makes me believe that one day I'll break away and finally get somewhere with my dreams. It makes me believe that. The Fighter on the other hand, shows me that life isn't going to be easy. People I know and love will go down dark paths. People I love will fight. I'll end up losing…
Honestly, I enjoyed watching Wahlberg and Adams more than Bale. I can see why Bale would be nominated-- did he win?-- it's a flamboyant performance, it's ACTING, he loses weight and transforms himself into another person,etc. It's great if you like that sort of thing. Personally, I like Walhberg's unassuming leading man quality. He's not really a great actor, but there's something likable about him, which is not something you'd ever say about Christian Bale. Even more interesting is the performance by Adams, who really plays against type and still manages to be very convincing. The performances carry the movie since there isn't all that much drama in the everyone-knows-how-it's-going-end plot. One of the main problems I had with Russell's direction is that he seems to be holding up the mother and sisters as pathetic objects of humor, which tends to undermine his desire to make Dicky a tragic figure.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.