Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
Based on a true story, The Fighter is an excellent sports drama film. It is an inspirational movie about a boxer struggling in and outside the ring. There have been several great boxing movies in the past such as Rocky and Million Dollar Baby that have won several awards and The Fighter should join this list. Boxing, drugs, family, prison, strong personalities, and heritage come into play throughout this movie. Written by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; produced by Paramount Pictures; and directed by David O. Russell in 2010, The Fighter is an emotional powerhouse. The film takes place in Lowell, Massachusetts, an industrial town stricken by poverty, unemployment and drugs. Micky Ward is the main character of the film and is played by the star himself, Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg spent four years training to play this boxing role. Micky is a hardworking, blue-collar Irish man, who works part-time as a road paver, and trains for his boxing career which is managed by his mother, Alice, played by Mellissa Leo. Micky Ward was primarily known as brawler, a fighter used by other boxers as a stepping stone before bigger fights. Micky’s early career was not successful. He fought guys bigger and better than him just for the paycheck. Micky trained mostly with his half-brother Dicky Ward. Dicky, played by Christian Bale, lost 30 pounds to play the skinny, demon-driven half-brother. Dicky was the older brother and Micky admired him. He was a solid boxer and reached the high point in his career by knocking our Sugar Ray Leonard. He was supposed to train Micky and unfortunately became addicted to drugs and was unable to train him properly. HBO did a documentary on Dicky’s boxing career and tricked Dicky into thinking it was sensationalizing his boxing, but instead focused on how drugs ruined his carrer. The interaction, conflict, tension and inspiration between Wahlberg and Bale is worth the price of...
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