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.
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…
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…
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…
wasn't sure I was going to like this at first but it proved to be a great film .
Mark walburg is some nice eye candy and a great actor bam biggity
I’m kind of addicted to this film at the moment, I love everything about it, I love the fact that it could have gone and took it self seriously but it goes the other way and goes for humour in places which I love.
I heard they are making a sequel, but I’m not so sure about that.
Easily the best sport movie ever made.
The cast is expertly selected, and its two central characters deliver two, very different yet equally magnificent performances. Yep, Wahlberg can act. But it was Melissa Yeo and Christian Bale who rightly won the oscars.
I remember watching the Shea Neary fight, and the fight scenes in this do it justice
The Fighter is a fucking knockout movie.
While I very much enjoyed this movie and its performances, it's hard to not look back on it as something that is too conventional, something we've seen time and time again but executed better than usual thanks to star talent and David O. Russel's great skill behind the camera. NOt to say this should stop one from seeing The Fighter, I'd just rather recommend a film like Three Kings to someone were they to ask what would be a good starting point to get into O. Russel's films.
It should be noted that I marvel over and over at Christian Bale's chameleon qualities as an actor. I have recently watched him in American Psycho and bits of Out of the Furnace, and he has a true knack for dialects and mannerisms specific to a region, and it's truly amazing. His performance in The Fighter is easily my favorite, though Wahlberg and Adams more than pull their weight.
I've always felt this movie looks like a movie that was made in the 90s. So well done.
Muy buena. A partir de la segunda parte hasta su final posee una subida en la historia que te deja con ganas de más.
Es difícil que una película me impacte completamente en su clímax y esta lo consiguió, al percibir la lucha, tanto interna como externa, de un hombre para poder alcanzar su sueño élite. Me sentí un poco identificado.
Aspectos que la convierten en favorita: edición de film; música, sobretodo el tema principal: How you like me now?; el minimalismo de la historia elevado a su mayor valor; lo bien pintados que estaban los personajes dentro del guion; las actuaciones de Christian Bale, quien desempeñó la mejor en este film, Mark Walhberg, que tampoco se queda atrás, y Amy Adams, donde todas estuvieron tan arrechamente compenetradas.
How you like me now?
THE FIGHTER is still such a stella film. I hope AMERICAN HUSTLE is more like that in terms of quality.
Solid movie, less about boxing than i expected.
The only thing i think this movie could have benefitted from would be to have more backstory, other then that, thought it was above average.
One of the top five films of the last decade. Marky Mark and Bale are excellent together. I love sports films, boxing especially, so I'm a little biased, but the drama and the real-life story told are incredible.
Whenever Christian Bale plays any character other than Batman, he shows why his one of the best actors in his generation. Whalberg may have been the lead, but this was Bale's film and the Oscar win was definitely earned. This was a great comeback for director David O. Russell, after his famous onset meltdown on I heart Huckabees.
Hay películas que, cuando terminan, sabes es la última vez que las vas a ver. No por su calidad deficiente, sino por su insignificancia, por el pasar de los minutos sin un resultado claro en ti, por la indiferencia total que ha supuesto la experiencia.
En The Fighter se comienza dejando bien claro “basado en hechos reales”, y sí, lo es, pero cualquier parecido con la realidad es pura coincidencia, y eso deja un producto que no tiene siquiera un valor documental. Es la historia de dos hermanastros, dos boxeadores, dos claras oposiciones en cuanto a personalidad y voluntad pero con un gran talento común. Es también la historia de un barrio marginal que se sustenta con lo que puede:…