The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.
The Fighter is a terrific movie that stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo. It’s based on a true story of two brothers who grow up in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is a very poor working community, and the older brother, who’s played by Christian Bale, is sort of nutty, but in his moment in the sun was a bout with Sugar Ray Leonard, in which there’s some controversy about whether he actually knocked him out or Sugar Ray slipped. The younger brother, Mark Wahlberg, has a huge crush on Amy Adams, who’s really wonderful in this. It’s great to see that sort of sweet little girl face play somebody with a foul mouth. It works much better than she did in her previous outings, specifically in Doubt, even though I know she won a lot of awards for it, but she’s much better in this. And, the idea is that the younger brother decides it’s really his moment in the sun, especially when his big brother gets sent to jail. Melissa Leo plays the tough broad, I would be loving to see her somebody who wasn’t foul-mouthed, who clearly bestows much more affection on her older son than her younger son, and there are seven — count them, seven sisters, that provide sort of a Greek chorus for this one. This is really a kind of a thinking person’s Rocky without the music, but with a lot more heart and a lot more soul, and you really feel like you know both of these brothers and this seems like real human emotion. This is a really terrific movie, this is a four and a half star movie, with probably at least two or three Oscar nominations in it. So, four and a half stars.