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The Fighter

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The Fighter

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

Based on the life of “Irish” Mickey Ward, this film follows Ward’s climb from an unsuccessful professional boxer to becoming the WBU Light Welterweight champion in March of 2000 after defeating Shea Neary.  While focusing on Ward’s come back the film also shows the personal obstacles he had to deal with, a drug addicted half brother/trainer, over bearing mother and new girlfriend.

This film is fantastic, in my opinion the best film reviewed on this site to date.  The acting was great all around, the stand outs being Christian Bale and Melissa Leo who both received Academy Awards.  There wasn’t a point when I ever thought to question the authenticity of the people the actors portrayed. 

The attention to detail that was captured was very well done and definitely gave the film a realistic down to earth feel, unlike other biopics which sometimes have a tendency to exaggerate events.  On a side note it was nice to see that the scenes that took place in Lowell were actually filmed in the city and not shot in some alternate location pretending to be Lowell. 

This is definitely a very uplifting story with a great attitude, a film that shouldn’t be missed.

Rating: 3 Guys

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The Fighter

The Fighter

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

Reviewed by: Scotty

Based on a true story, this movie follows a blue collar family in the blue collar town of Lowell, Massachusetts.  Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is a local boxer trying to become champion in the shadow of his older brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale).  Dicky had supposedly knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard but there was much contention about this that tortured Dicky, Micky and the whole family.

Micky’s boxing career is a family affair.  Dicky is his trainer and Micky’s mother (Melissa Leo) is his manager but there is tension growing in this relationship.  Dicky is a drug addict and often is late to train and Micky’s mother is overbearing and controlling.  After an incident where Dicky was incarcerated and spends some time in prison Micky goes with new management and severs ties with his family.  This event is heartbreaking but successful as Micky get his shot at the title with support of new management and new girlfriend (Amy Adams).

This movie is about family with boxing as its vehicle.  Christian Bale is incredible as Dicky Eklund and deserves the accolades he received for a stunning performance.  Mark Wahlberg held his own but his role was much thinner than Bales, no fault of his own.  This movie was well written, well acted, and well shot through and through.  Being from Massachusetts, knowing the area and the story certainly was a plus for me, but every state has a Lowell and every Lowell has the Wards in some shape or form.  I give it 2 ½ guys.

The Fighter

March 20, 2011 Leave a comment

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.