We’ve all seen “Rocky”, “Raging Bull”, “Million Dollar Baby”, and even “Cinderella Man”. One can really wonder how many boxing movies we really need nowadays, and if a new one can deliver the same joy we felt while watching all those amazing classics. The answer: “The Fighter”, a true story about small time boxer Mickey Ward (played by a wonderful Mark Wahlberg) who is trying to follow in his brother Dicky’s footsteps (Christian Bale in the performance of his career in my opinion) and make a name for himself. Dicky has been helping him train, while his mother Alice has been acting as his manager his entire life. Problem is: the brother is a crackhead, while the mother, who thinks she’s helping his career, is in fact holding him back from his hopes and dreams. Enter Charlene (Amy Adams), the woman who will help Mickey make the toughest decision of his life. “The Fighter” works because it’s based on a true story, but also because it features some of the best performances of the year; Christian Bale dropped 30 pounds to play the skinny, demon-driven Dickey, and what a wonderful job he did. If there’s anyone who deserves an award for best supporting actor come oscar season, it’s Bale. His hilarious and heartwarming performance will stay with me for a long time. But my only complaint remains the climactic match: when it was supposed to be the best thing about the film, I couldn’t help but feel that it was almost identical to an earlier fight we saw. And I think it’s a damn shame because overall, “The Fighter” is still an incredible film that puts a very welcome twist to a somehow familiar story, with a clever screenplay, interesting characters, and a huge amount of entertainement. Do not miss it.
Categories: The Twenty-First Century