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The Fighter (DVD)
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The Fighter (DVD)
Disadvantages: A little predictable in places
"The Fighter" is a 2010 American sports drama directed by David O Russell and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, and is based upon the true story of professional boxer Micky Ward.
Micky Ward ( Mark Wahlberg ) is an Irish-American professional boxer from a working class family in Lowell, Massachusetts, he is managed by his mother Alice ( Melissa Leo ) and trained by his older half brother Dicky Eklund ( Christian Bale ), who is a washed up former boxer himself who is addicted to drugs and who's only claim to fame is an alleged knock down of Sugar Ray Leonard during a televised HBO fight.
Micky is a stepping stone boxer, who is used by other boxers to defeat on their way up the ladder, Dicky meanwhile is being filmed by HBO for a documentary he believes to be about his "Comeback" ( actually its a documentary about addiction )
Micky is scheduled to fight in an undercard in Atlantic City, however before the fight his opponent falls ill and an opponent is found, however the opponent is 18 pounds heavier than Micky, apprehensive he agrees to the fight after his mother and brother encourage him to take it, so they can get the purse, Micky is easily defeated and embarrassed, he decides to retreat and take a step back from the fight game and ends up forming a relationship with Charlene Fleming ( Amy Adams ), who's a former athlete herself and now tends bar.
After a while Micky receives an offer to train in Vegas, however he must stop using his brother as his trainer, meanwhile Dicky is getting worse and worse and his addiction is spiralling out of control, culminating in a spell in jail.
And so Micky must juggle his professional life, along with his relationships around him, all the while trying to get that one big break that he needs for his career.
I had heard great things about The Fighter after it won two academy awards ( for best supporting actress and best supporting actor ) and wasn't disappointed.
We have seen many many sports movies about a character being the underdog, fighting against adversity and hopefully coming out of it at the end victorious ( there has been many, but none can ever live up to Rocky ), and this had all the hallmarks of the same kind of formula, and while it does follow that pattern to a certain extent, this movie is all about the story and the acting job done by all involved.
The performances by all involved have to be admired, but particularly the performance by Christian Bale as Dicky deserved its best supporting oscar, he is utterly convincing as the drug addicted former prize fighter, and you get absorbed into his performance, however once you get to the end of the movie and you actually see real interview footage of the real Micky and Dicky you realise he had the mannerisms and the character of Dicky down to a tee
David O Russel masterfully crafts a gritty storyline and cinematography together to form something special, my only complaint would be that it is slightly predictable and by the end you kind of know whats coming, however it can be excused as it is based upon true events, but if you can look past the predictability angle you'll really find yourself in for a treat.
Summary: Well worth watching for the acting masterclass Christian Bale delivers