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The Fighter
Thursday, 23 December 2010 17:24

The FighterEveryone has been talking about this heavy-hitting movie that seems to have come out swinging – puns fully intended – and surged ahead as one of the most talked about films of the year. All this, just in time for awards season nonetheless. The Fighter really is deserving of the hype and offers some of the strongest performances of 2010.

Who would have thought Marky Mark, the rapping, Calvin Klein underwear-modeling brother of a New Kid on the Block would turn into one of the most promising and consistently good actors in Hollywood? Well, if you saw Boogie Nights back in 1997 you would have had a pretty good idea. In The Fighter, based on the real life story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, Wahlberg plays the lead role with understated ease.

Big matchMicky has to overcome a number of obstacles in his climb to success as a boxer, including his unusual family, who aren’t always the best influence. In particular his brother and sparring partner Dickie, played by Christian Bale. Dickie is a much bigger personality than Micky, and his life of crack addiction after boxing against Sugar Ray Leonard makes his story even more compelling. Bale plays him like a force of nature! I mean he is truly transformed into someone unrecognizable. Despite all the fantastic performances in this film, it is Bale audiences will remember the most.

Bale and WahlbergMicky is supported in his climb to the top by his girlfriend Charlene, played by Amy Adams. She is the force that pulls him away from his smothering mother long enough to give him a fighting chance. Of course, she and mommy-dearest (Melissa Leo) butt heads a few times along the way, and she nearly has to claw her way through Micky’s pack of overprotective sisters.

In the end, The Fighter is a feel-good movie about the love and loyalty between brothers, and how redemption can happen in ways we may not expect.


Directed by David O. Russell, Starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams.

The scenes of Micky training at the gym were filmed at the real Lowell West End Gym and not on a set. It is the same gym Ward trained at in real life and is still open for business.

Christian Bale lost a lot of weight by drastically cutting his food intake in order to play Dickie.