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The Fighter (2010)

US 115m, Colour
Director: David O. Russell; Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

The Fighter is based on the true story of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund. Despite the excellent performance by Christian Bale as Dicky, The Fighter is an underwhelming film in almost every other respect. As Micky, Wahlberg provides an uninspired performance and looks distracted throughout much of the movie. One would also expect that Hollywood might have figured out how not to film phony looking boxing scenes by 2011. The non-stop barrage of punches thrown through every round, and the lack of requisite facial swelling suggest that the film makers had never seen a fight, or at least not screened the last great boxing movie – Scorsese’s Raging Bull (Klaus Ming February 2011).


2 comments on “The Fighter (2010)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I’m not a boxing fan, but I know what you mean. I used to be a musician, and I’m always aware of obvious lip-syncing and fake quitar playing. My ex is a professional horsewoman, and my mother is an art historian, and they have their complaints about those types of scenes in movies, too.

    And there are movies that get it right, as you mention about Raging Bull. Almost Famous is not a great movie, but every detail is letter-perfect both for the era and for the music performances. Altman tended to have live music played for real, too (Nashville, Kansas City).

    I avoided The Fighter, just because I couldn’t imagine Russell making a boxing movie. It didn’t seem like a good idea. That being said, I do (highly) recommend I Heart Huckabees, which he directed a few years ago. That’s a really good movie.

    • Klaus

      As an archaeologist, same goes for portrayals of our profession in movies. Notwithstanding the first three installments of Raiders of the Lost Ark, few other movies tell it like it actually is 😉

      I had high hopes for the Fighter – especially after the multiple nominations.

      I recall liking I Heart Huckabees. I’ll have to revisit it.

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