The Fighter

The Fighter

3.7 169 Ratings

Directed by : David O. Russell

Release Date : | Length : 115 Minutes

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The fighter is inspired by the true story of two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their past, and at last, give their hard-luck town what its been waiting for: Pride.


“A combination of terrific script and some amazing performances! Don't miss it.”

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The trailer confused me. Christian Bale called me into the theatre. I thought it was a boxing movie. I was wrong. It is not a boxing movie. The Fighter is about Micky Ward and his fight against his dysfunctional family especially his brother Dicky Eklund (I know what you are thinking) & his mother. Set against the backdrop of boxing it raises important questions about the importance of breaking away from a dysfunctional family if they are coming in the way of your growth.

Mark Wahlberg who plays Micky Ward produced this film probably in the hope to bring some Oscar respect to his career but the biggest mistake he commits is signing Christian Bale to play Dicky. Bale completely takes over the film and the screenplay so much so that by the end of the film it is difficult to figure out who is the protagonist of the film. Wahlberg puts in a lot of effort physical and emotionally but Bale just sweeps everyone around him and owns the film by the end. A very interesting decision was to bring in Scott Silver who wrote 8 mile to cowrite this one. There are a lot of similarities between the two films. What I also found interesting is the character of Melissa Leo (awesome in Frozen River). She is the 3rd character of a mother I have seen, similar to the one seen in Black Swan & Animal Kingdom. Director David O Russels only film I had seen before this was The Three Kings and I had loved it. This one now is placed right at the top. Also loved the way the fight sequences were filmed. Think they used a different camera to give that old world feel.

Final few words: When you thought you had seen everything about boxing movies comes this one, another inspiring true story about the fight within. Watch it if you are a Bale fan, watch it even if you are not.

Rating: *** (very good)

Ticket meter: Worth a 200 buck ticket