Excerpt: Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) was a pretty good boxer once, just spend a little bit of time around him or his overbearing mother (Melissa Leo) and you'll hear all about it. He knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard once, but that was all a long time ago and like the man said once, boxer's don't age like wine.
Excerpt: Boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is considered the pride of Lowell, Massachusetts, a hometown boy made good, but in reality, Micky is a 31-year-old "stepping stone," a boxer used to help others move up the ranks, one who constantly has his troubled brother Dicky (Christian Bale) and clinging mother (Melissa Leo) at his side. He meets a barmaid named Charlene (Amy Addams) who convinces Micky that the only way forward in his career is to get rid of his family baggage.
Excerpt: The holidays are a wonderful time for eating, spending time with friends and family and so forth. More to the point, it’s when all of the “critically-acclaimed” films get pushed our way so they can be considered for the Academy Awards. Of the slew last year, there were a few that stood out and when it was all said and done “The King’s Speech” took home the top honors.
Excerpt: The best sports movies are never about the sports themselves, but the characters involved in them. It worked for Hoosiers , it worked for Rocky , and it works in the modern day for The Fighter . This is a casting powerhouse, Mark Wahlberg and Christain Bale in full control as two brothers, Micky Ward (no “e”) and Dicky Eklund respectively.
Conclusion: Even though the movie is called 'The Fighter' and is about a boxer, I would submit that the film's title more aptly describes the way Micky had to struggle with his leeching, controlling mother and a band of sisters scorned. Their family dynamic is something else, and to watch it play out on screen was one of 2010s brightest cinematic high points. There are a bevy of strong performances here, led by Bale and followed closely by Adams and Leo.
Conclusion: The Fighter is a winner and this Blu-ray knocks out the competition when it comes to content and audio/video specs. The special features could have be better, but that’s okay. This is one of those instances where I think the viewer will watch the film a couple of times before they even get to the special features. The Fighter is a reference disc. Okay, so what are you waiting for? The FIghter gets my highest possible recommendation!
Excerpt: Micky Ward is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down - but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption.
Excerpt: No boxing movie is just about boxing, of course, given our national penchant for building up some punches and jabs into metaphors for class tension or American resilience or whatever's relevant at the moment. At least with The Fighter , his endearing and tenacious new film, David O. Russell isn't turning Micky Ward's life into a metaphor for something bigger and vaguer.
Summary: Biopic about former welterweight champ Micky Ward has neither the subtle heart of "Rocky" nor the brutality of "Raging Bull", but it does possess an achingly real performance from Amy Adams that's a complete knockout.