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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!!
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…
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…
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…
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…
Bale is always good, especially in playing extreme personalities, such as psychos, drug addicts and emaciated characters.
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The Fighter to me is a film where I can enjoy watching it after multiple viewings, even though it wouldn't have the same impact it did the first few times I watched it. I really like boxing movies and this is a pretty good one. Though the main story isn't about boxing but the story is just so good that it's not even an problem. The Fighter is another great David O. Russell film.
David O'Russel's great flick, what a performance from Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, it was grand. When BAFTA overlooked for Best Supporting Actor/Actress Awards, to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, I knew they'd be given Academy Awards anyhow, BAFTA was a bias in honoring their Brit film.
I don't think Geoffrey Rush and Helena gave that much performance to get away with awards, I am not saying they are not good actors they are brilliant but performance of Melissa and Christian in The Fighter was no doubt the greatest. The Fighter is a Family film a must watch film.
This movie is a typical David O. Russell movie. But a word "typical" in this case has an extremely good connotation.
- stilization - simply beautiful. Atmosphere, clothes, cars - it all works beautiful.
- script - oh, how I love how relationships develop in movies of O. Russell! Every character is true to himself, his life principles and to everything who they are.
- Acting - fantastic! Brilliant, Cristian Bale - you definitely know how to act! Amy Adams, Mark Wahlberg - thank you all. I believed you!
For me - that's definitely best David O. Russell movie. Well made, perfect pacing, fantastic cinematography and a very good story!
Though it may seem conventional in some aspects and though the plot is undeniably predictable, The Fighter is an amazing and excellent motion picture in almost every way that is based on a true story. The acting is the main reason this film succeeds. Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo were all splendid and I think that very few would dare to say otherwise. Bale was particularly mesmerizing and his literal transformation (not only physical) is mind-blowing. Sometimes I don't think like him much in some of the movies he stars in, but this time he completely blew me away.
Rather than a sports film, I prefer to remember it as a family drama, and an intense…
Well directed, and well acted ... but you've seen it all before. I get easily jazzed by seeing stuff that I think is original, but I also get bored easily by seeing films that just do the same old shit, and this definitely falls in the latter category. So much talent assembled, to make a film that has no compelling reason to exist. Shame.
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