: Based on the true story of Micky Ward
) and his older brother Dicky Eklund
). Dicky was on his way to boxing super stardom after fighting Sugar Ray Leonard but soon developed a drug addict. Micky tries to make a name for himself in boxing with his brother training him and his mother managing him.
: Films about boxing have had every possible plot line punched out of it. Can audiences ever get worked up Hollywood boxing matches like they once did for Rambo
? Most would have bet money that it was impossible, which partly could be why it took so long for The Fighter
to get off the ground. Nonetheless, The Fighter
is a powerful film, less about the ring and more about family. Wahlberg and Bale as brothers with a love-hate relationship give a stellar performance. In many ways, it seems like it was the role they were both born to play. Bale especially, who plays a drug addict, had a particular fever in his eyes, almost feeling like he was in a reality show versus on a movie set. He is funny, sad but still with some humanity.
The supporting cast is just as strong. Amy Adams plays Wahlberg's girlfriend, a far cry from the polished pretty girls she's paid in the past. By toning the glam down she proved she isn't a one-note actor. But, the queen of the pack is Melissa Leo
-- manic, loud, mother of eight kids and I can’t see anyone else but her winning best supporting actress at the Oscar.
is a total knock out. Directed by David O. Russell
, it’s a down to earth cinematic experience and not like the “stuffy” films that you might think only Oscar voters would be interested in.
is in theaters now.