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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!!
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),…
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 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.
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…
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…
Micky lives in the shade of his older brother, Dicky, former boxer best known for having knocked down Sugar Ray. He's his idol, he taught him everything he knows and to aggravate his superiority, a movie is being made about him (or so he thinks).
But Dicky is old, worn out and can't keep his life together, so Micky is gonna try to make it without his brother, for the first time, going against his own family.
I always liked boxing/wrestling movies and this one is right behind Million Dollar Baby. Great movie.
Brilliantly made film thanks to the great directorial work of David O. Russell who really nails it with this one with a film that shines because of it's performances for the most part, everyone knocks it out of the park in this film.
There were a few things I thought could of been better but that takes nothing away from this great film, I especially loved how during the Fight Scenes in the Ring, they made it feel like you were watching it through an old TV like everyone, it was a really neat idea to go with.
Great film, definitely check this one out if you haven't yet, based on a true story and even though it may look dead on serious, O. Russell of course weaves in some good humour to give you some laughs at times throughout the film.
Not quite on the same level as David O'Russells other films such as Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle but The Fighter still packs enough solid performances, great cinematography and entertaining moments to satisfy.
Ótimo filme baseado numa história real, mostrando superação, confiança e familia acima de tudo. Com certeza vou compra-lo depois.
I fell asleep an hour into it.
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale.... Good performance by Bale playing the deluded older brother and Wahlberg really fits any character like this well.
Good story but real life adaptations usually. Totally worth a watch for sport fans and anyone who likes a good story.
Yeah, still love it. Absolutely brilliant performances from everyone involved. And in every way it stands with Rocky and Raging Bull in the history of truly great boxing movies.
The lows are lower than both and the highs just as high.
I think Rocky has a more sustained excitement to it, but is is the story of a lone man against the world.
The Fighter and Raging Bull have the whole family thing going on which adds a layer of storytelling depth and you would be hard pushed to convince anyone that Ward brothers' relationship in The Fighter isn't better, more real than that of the LaMotta's.
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Predictability aside, this sports tale is incredibly well acted and rivetingly told.
I couldn't finish this because it was so terrible.
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