DVD: The Fighter

By admin
27 May 2011

Drama.

2010. 111 min.

With Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.

Director: David O Russell.

13LVD (Drugs).

Rating: 5/5

Underdogs who beat the odds to get the girl and the glory have long been a staple of sports films but this true story

of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward stands taller than the rest, thanks largely to Wahlberg’s determined but quietly understated performance.

Micky lives in the shadow of his older brother, Dickie (Bale, in the role that won him an Oscar), a former champion boxer who coasts through life on his past glory in a clownish, drug-addicted haze.

Dickie is also Micky’s trainer and their domineering mother (Leo, the movie’s other Oscar winner) is his manager.

As Micky’s dreams of making it as a boxer grow dim he tries to extricate himself from his family’s grip with the help of his new girlfriend (Adams).

Despite the familiarity of the story it never feels like a rehash of Rocky – but as with Rocky it’s impossible not to root for this scrappy underdog.

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