The Fighter is worthy of a title shot

21 Nov

The Fighter is based on the true story about boxer, Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his brother/trainer Dickey Eklund (Christian Bale). Ward spent years fighting, but his efforts were overshadowed by his brother, who’s known as the Pride of Lowell for going toe to toe with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978.

The film begins with Ward stuck in a rut because of his mother’s micro-managing his career and his brother’s destructive crack addiction. This film is more about family than it is about boxing, but director, David O. Russell finds a balance between these two worlds. He successfully captures the time period and location, as well as the Ward family’s strengths and weaknesses.

Mark Wahlberg holds his own in the ring, but the Academy Award winning performances by Bale and Melissa Leo (Ward’s mother) are championship caliber. The Fighter was worthy of a title shot (Best Picture Oscar), but the film falls just short of greatness.

WORD COUNT: 155

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: B+

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