If you’re one of those people who always watches the Oscar nominations every year, then you’ve probably already seen “The Fighter”. Chances are, you liked it. That puts you in the group of people who like decently-written, easy to understand stories about underdogs and the triumph of good. You probably also like furry things and have an appreciation for positive human emotions. If you didn’t like it, go watch some post-war French expressionist movie.
“The Fighter” is based on the real-life story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward. A story of a fighting comeback through adversity, it focuses on characters developing through both their relationships as well as through the events in their lives.
The plot is good for a simple story idea. Boxer isn’t doing well. Boxer hits rock-bottom. Boxer has to make the tough decision between family and career. Boxer fights his way back to the top. The parts in-between make for the best watching as far as character development and dialogue are concerned.
The reason that the character development in the film is able to excel is because of the great acting talent behind it. Mark Wahlberg is stupendous as the resurgent Ward, beside him is Christian Bale as Ward’s troubled older brother. Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are also good as the two female parts in Ward’s life, his mother and girlfriend, respectively.
The sets have no problem sticking to the era, as most of the story takes place in the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s. The photography is good as well, keeping the fights visceral, and maintaining that “biopic” feel.
The sound is great, especially when it adds to the realism of the fights. The soundtrack is also as good as one would expect with triumphant hymns throughout. Again, even though the time frame is not that far past, the bits that were on TV are integrated well into the regular film, using the “Forrest Gump” style.
A fantastic, uplifting, feel-good movie that is very well put together and acted.
Great for anybody who can legally watch it. Rated “R” for violence (obviously), drugs, sexuality, and swearing.