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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…
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…
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…
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…
Great boxing film where Marky Mark and Amy Adams impress but Christian Bale steals the show as junkie brother Dicky Eklund (he rightly won an Oscar).
I found this movie to be surprisingly entertaining considering the subject matter (boxing) and the co-star (Christian Bale), both being things which I have no interest in whatsoever. My love for triumphant underdogs and Mark Wahlberg once again wins the day, it would seem.
Nice movie, but nothing special. Just the usual sports movie stuff.
It's always a brilliant surprise when Mark Wahlberg gives such a good performance. But then, David O. Russell is a fantastic director. And the dedication that Christian Bale puts in is just outstanding. Alongside Amy Adams and a cast of other fantastic performances, this true story works excellently on the big screen.
Staring Rachel's favorite "Marky Mark", despite my reservations about David O'Russel as a film maker, The Fighter is a magnificently acted portrayal of a really great dynamic between Marky Mark and Christian Bale, whom is also incredible in the role.
thinking back, it was really simple. the story was quite straightforwards and so was all the character development and problems. but it was still nice. the cinematography was just quite nice i didn't think about it except for a few scenes. this is sort of redeeming david o russell in my eyes after the mess that was american hustle
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bale and Wahlberg go head to head performance-wise. Gripping.
The Fighter is the story of an underdog boxer who works his way up. While that might sound typical of any sports biopic, The Fighter stands out from the pack by emphasizing the human and family connections that lie at the center of this story.
Christian Bale plays Dickie Ecklund, a former boxer who prides himself on his legendary fight with Sugary Ray Leonard. His younger brother, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), is an upstart boxer looking to make it into the big leagues like his brother.
First and foremost, Christian Bale is phenomenal in this film. He completely transforms himself into the crack-addicted Dickie. His performance is incredible, provoking pity and disgust, sympathy and anger from the audience. He may…
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