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The Fighter

The Fighter

Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Reviewed by: Griff

The Fighter is based on the true story of Micky Ward, A fighter from Lowell MA., who won the WBU Light Welterweight Championship in 2000. Micky had retired from boxing after a series of unsuccessful fights and this movie focuses on his comeback. Along the way he has to deal with his drug addicted half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), his overbearing mother Alice Ward (Melissa Leo), and his new girlfriend Charlene Flemming (Amy Adams).

This is the first movie we have reviewed that I watched to the end and thought to myself, “I want to see this again.” I really enjoyed this movie. It had a feel to it not unlike the original Rocky, before they made 7 or 8 unnecessary sequels.

The acting in this movie was top notch. Everyone involved was excellent. Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo are definitely the stand outs here, and I can see why they received Academy Awards. Wahlberg tends to be hit or miss. I have seen him in some good roles (Boogie Nights, the Departed), and then in some roles that were just plain awful (Planet of the Apes, The Happening). Fortunately, this is one of the good ones; in fact it may be his best work. You can tell he poured himself into the role and it pays off. I have seen some of Amy Adams other work and frankly thought she was miscast before I saw this film. I was definitely wrong though, and she showed some genuine depth that surprised me.

The cinematography was excellent and added to the overall feel of the film. They even went so far as to get the same cameras that were used several years ago by HBO to make the fight scenes seem authenticate. The shots of Lowell actually made me feel like I was back in Worcester County.

My only complaint is that they didn’t deal with some of the fights that Micky is most well known for. He had three epic fights with Arturo Gatti that were absolute wars. If you want to see what I mean you can check out some clips here. This is a minor complaint though, and I can it made absolute sense to end the movie where they did.

The Fighter is an uplifting true story with some real heart. I recommend this film to everyone. The Fighter gets three guys all the way from me.

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