Movie: The Figther

By admin
18 February 2011

Boxing drama.

With Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.

Director: David O Russell.


Opens 25 February.

Rating: 4/5

What’s it about?

It’s the true story of a talented young boxer’s rise to world fame and the role his friends and family play in his life.

Who will enjoy it?

You’ll need hair on your teeth and chest to survive this tough-as-nails flick – don’t expect traditional popcorn entertainment about a cool boxer in the vein of Rocky.

This gritty, realistic drama looks at the influence Micky Ward’s (Wahlberg) laidback brother (Bale) and down-to-earth mom (Melissa Leo) had on him but ultimately it’s about one’s bond with family and friends, with boxing almost becoming a metaphor for life itself.

The excellent performances alone are worth the ticket price and Bale’s  metamorphosis into drug addict Dicky is truly memorable.

And the boxing scenes aren’t as vicious as those in Raging Bull; this film looks at a process of growth rather than destruction. It’s outspoken, aggressive, passionate and stormy.

Wait for DVD?

No. The boxers move so fast that to follow all the action you have to see this on the big screen.

The characters are also larger than life and reveal a new world to those not familiar with the boxing scene.

It’s an incisive look at two brothers who love each other dearly but who fear their relationship could derail their journey to fame and happiness.

Don’t expect an entertaining “will he win?” caper; this flick is more serious than that. It’s a character-driven drama and you’ll have to pay attention to keep up.

Similar films

Raging Bull; The Wrestler.

Popcorn facts

*The gym in which most of the scenes were shot is the one in which the real Micky Ward trained.

*The real Ward and Dicky can be seen during the credits.

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