> Let me just say that I am not usually a fan of these types of movies where the team is down and out or this is somebody’s last shot for a comeback. Ever since Remember the Titans, all these types of movies have been the same. Not this time. Not The Fighter.
Yes, it is a story of a comeback, of someone being down and out, but there is so much more. This is a movie that’s more than boxing. It’s about the pain that comes with it, inside the ring and out. I’m not going to say too much about this one. I don’t want to give anything away that might take away from your experience, which I hope is or was as good as mine.
Mark Wahlberg, (also an exceptional actor), plays Mickey Ward who is not so much a washed up fighter as he is somebody just trying to make it in the boxing world. A fight here, a fight there, as something he enjoys but also needs to do.
The thing that is going to keep you tuned in is Christian Bale. This is a role that he is going to be remembered for. Yeah, he’s also Batman in the Christopher Nolan films, but this one will have to go on the same shelf. Bale plays Dicky Eklund, a washed up fighter who once had a fight with Sugar Ray Leonard. Did I mention that this is based on a true story…? It is. Now you know.
Of course your going to pull for Wahlberg but you won’t be able to look away from the performance that won Christian Bale an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Melissa Leo and Amy Adams playing the mother and the girlfriend respectively, were also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Uh huh, two actresses nominated from the same movie, they’re that good. Leo won, playing the mother but I almost think I liked Amy Adams better.
Overall, a great movie. There’s a few surprises in it and an excellent soundtrack. This one will knock you out…no pun intended…ok, maybe a little.