Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Clif-Notes: The Fighter

The Fighter puts Mark Wahlber and Christian Bale in the very familiar seat of down-and-out boxer who gets the fight of a lifetime. Wahlberg plays Micky Ward who, after a streak of loses, decides it's time to leave his mother and brother and fight with his real potential. Christian Bale plays Micky's older brother, Dicky Eklund, who had his fifteen minutes years prior fighting Sugar Ray Leonard and is not a druggie and a has-been. The story was very unoriginal for me. If you've seen one boxing movie (or even just a sports movie in general) you get the same story. However, what brought this movie so high up for me was the acting. Wahlberg is a bit above his "Say hi to you're mother for me" self; good, but nothing amazing. However, Bale is quite a show and steals the movie from the main fight. Bale has shown he can be a really good method actor but this movie is his first one that showed me he is one of the top names. And once the credits begin, the real Dicky and Micky have a short clip and you can see just how dead-on Bale's portrayal actually is.
The story itself is almost forgettable but the acting throughout makes it a top notch movie. If you like yourself sports movies, see it. You even get to see Amy Adam's nipples....


  1. I wouldn't tell her no. Unless the question was "Do you mind if I take this off?"