The Fighter movie review (2010): I’m in the middle of switching web hosting servers, and will have to backup this site again, but I just wanted to tell you that The Fighter blew me away. Here’s why:
- Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund, a washed up crackhead boxer, perhaps pulled off his greatest performance yet, and that means a lot for me to say that.
- The directing style (David O. Russell) reminded me of The Wrestler, i.e. dark, gritty, documentary style. I personally love that style. In fact, both movies have similarities, although core difference is that The Fighter doesn’t have to be about boxing, whereas The Wrestler must be about pro wrestling. If you did not see The Wrestler yet because you don’t like pro wrestling (and SHAME on you for not seeing the movie), do not feel put off about The Fighter if you don’t like boxing. Unlike traditional boxing movies, The Fighter doesn’t focus on the sport, and it’s more about family and drug addiction.
- The setting. I had never really heard of Lowell, MA outside of being a minor league baseball town. This movie shows it to be one crazy skewed New England small town. In many ways it reminded me of some parts of Brooklyn, Queens, or Long Island, NY, but with different accents and no black people.
- Dicky’s family. His mother (Melissa Leo) and sisters are very, very, very, very scary and irrational. They will make you SICK.
- Mark Wahlberg (boxer Micky Ward, based on a true story): He’s overshadowed by his brother Dicky and his mother, just like how he was treated in real life. You have to root for Micky. He is an Enneagram Type 6 in this movie- trusting, loyal, hard of luck, and can’t thing things out.
- Ugly actors. I was pleasantly pleased to see ugly actors, fat women, beer bellies, a skanky Cambodian crackhead hooker, bad wardrobes, old guys, and other anti-Hollywood faces and bodies in a movie- it made it very realistic. It also made it like Micky Ward has a halo on his head since he was the only Hollywood looking actor in the movie.
- The fight scenes. There’s nothing like duplicating the exact format for HBO’s boxing programs (even with all three announcers- Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley, and Emanuel Steward). I feel that The Fighter has set the new standard for what viewers should expect when it comes to sports movies: we don’t want slow motion Hollywood drama set to melodramatic music anymore; we want to think it’s REAL. The boxing scenes are very short because the director knows you have ADD and don’t want to sit through all the rounds.
- Not sure why Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 90% and fans give it an 89%. My wife and I both gave it 5 stars, and we have seen every boxing movie there is. We can attest that The Fighter is on the shortlist of movies to see that came out in 2010. Okay, I just read the reviews over there. Seems like some guys said the movie was predictable and cliched. Kinda lame to say that if it was based on a true story. Oh, and some guy from the UK said the acting was too good.