I have Asperger's syndrome. I feel broken. I don't know how much of this I can take. I'm a failure.…
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!!
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…
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…
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),…
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.
This gets only 1.5 stars as I truly despise boxing. Seriously. Christian Bale did a superb job and the rest of the cast was good but Boxing?? Come on...
chapter one in the comeback tale of one among hollywoods most eccentric people - david o. russell. after all the rumours of fighting & screaming at everyone from george clooney to meryl streep, the fighter could also be a story about himself. the crazy one who decided to prove everyone else wrong. and even though this is a tale we've seen a couple of times before, and the story itself isn't heavyweight, the character gallery makes it a knockout.
the movie is buzzing with an amazing energy, fueled by electric performances by christian bale, melissa leo & amy adams. marky mark as "irish micky" is more of a low-key role, but holds together the movie as an anchor. he's more of the…
Biopic about 2 boxing brothers. ex boxer Dicky(Bale) is the drug using training of Micky(Wahlberg)
Has there ever been a less convincing fighter in a boxing movie than Mark Wahlberg?
Not sure why I waited so long to watch this. A great story, with solid acting by everyo
AMY ADAMS DID THAT
"The Fighter" is sports biopic directed by David O. Russell and stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. The film is centered around real life boxers Micky Ward(Wahlberg) and his brother Dick Ecklund(Bale), a crack-addict and former boxer himself, and the struggles they encounter in the ring and outside the ring.
The performances here are absolutely top notch. Mark Wahlberg's performance as Micky Ward was layered with depth and perseverance. Wars's passion and love boxing shines through Wahlberg's performance. Christian Bale though is absolutely spectacular and a true marvel. He lost so much weight for the role, but that isn't what is impressive. He is so raw that I was just sucked into his performance. He portrayed…
Best thing about this film; Bale and Adams. Worst thing about this film; Wahlberg.
Solidly done without amazing me. It was better than I was expecting and gets extra marks for being the first boxing movie I've moderately enjoyed.
The story of a washed up boxer and his brother, this movie strikes all the right notes and benefits from Bale's top-notch performance, nailing all the mannerisms of the real-life character he's portraying here (as seen in the credits). I couldn't stand the family for the most part, and that's a testament to how good they were at coming off as annoying. I think the weak spot of the film might be Wahlberg, not because he's bad, but simply because he's less of a character than anyone else. He's much more cookie-cutter than they are.
Highlight scene: Bale and Amy Adams on her porch arguing. That was a great scene that makes the movie worth watching in its own right.
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