in about 100 words or less
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).