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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…
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…
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…
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.
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),…
A good film that is made great thanks to some great performances. The story itself is decent, it's kind of interesting but as someone who isn't all that into boxing it played just okay as a film.
However the performances from Bale, Wahlberg, Adams and Leo are excellent. Particularly Bale, Im not sure why I always find myself surprised when he gives a good performance despite enjoying many of his films.
This is another David O. Russell film I have enjoyed and it is definitely making me want to see more. I would watch this again, and I would be interested in the rumoured sequel which seems to have a better story to it.
The first half is so sensational that the climax comes across as oddly flat. No KO, but still a victorious film - part Rocky, part Good Will Hunting, part Terms of Endearment. It's less about boxing, more about family dysfunction, specifically those all-too-common aspects of softer personalities getting trodden over by harder ones, and more tolerant attitudes stuck between opposing extremist views. Familiar in many ways. Undeniably an actors' film, with Leo, Adams and especially Bale mesmerizing to watch. Batman makes deadbeat Dicky incredibly endearing, and he surely deserved his Oscar.
Good performances from Bale and Damon. Adams falls relatively flat for me. My one reoccurring thought about this film is that I can't help but think that I've somehow seen it all before -- story lacks originality. I've been in the David O. Russell camp for a long time, but this is not one of his stronger efforts.
Mark Walhberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams give amazing performances that more or less carry the whole film. The supporting cast was great too. The film also has its share of emotional moments that hit when they need too. Plus it didn't necessarily feel like your typical run of the mill boxing movie. Well worth at least one watch.
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Christian Bale, man.
This is the third time I've watched The Fighter in 2 weeks. I can't get enough of it.
I think the little clip of Mickey and Dicky at the end is purely to show everyone how great a job Bale does of bringing the older brother to life. It's a class above your average biopic.
For me The Fighter is a lot like Thanksgiving dinner. It is enjoyable when you are eating it, but you really only want to have it once a year, and for most part you never think about it. The Fighter is a very enjoyable film, but I think that it appeals to the masses a bit too much for me to really love it. But, I mean, it is still a 4.5/5, and I stand by that.
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