Get ready to be be impressed by director David O. Russell and producer Mark Wahlberg’s cinematic experience The Fighter. Not only does this film boost an amazing true story but it also contains some of the best supporting roles of the year by all Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. It’s stunning. Find out why below…
- Director: David O. Russell
- Writer: Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy Eric Johnson
- Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
- Original Music by: Michael Brook
- Cinematography by: Hoyte Van Hoytema
From acclaimed director David O. Russell comes The Fighter, the powerful true story of professional boxers Dickie (Bale) and Micky (Wahlberg). Although they are half brothers, their careers take very different courses. Older brother Dickie does not suffer from a shortage of talent or confidence, but his lack of judgment and humility lead him down a path of self-destruction. After blowing his shot against one of the greatest fighters of his generation, Dickie descends down a dangerous road of drug addiction that robs him of his career, alienates his brother, and eventually lands him in jail.
- Christian Bale: Someone just hand this man his Oscar and lets get it over with. After a few years of playing the straight, serious, dull guy in huge action film after huge drama, he finally reminds us why he’s the guy studios go to when they want a real actor. He absolutely, 100% nails this role. For the bodily transformation to the way he speak to his character’s development, this is a home run for Bale.
- Wahlberg the Producer: Yes he also does an amazing job as the star of the film, but where he really shines is in bringing this production together and making it the best possible film it could be. I don’t think any one out there could have done a better job at pushing this material to its fullest potential. First of all, by surrounding himself with amazing character actors and letting himself play the straight-man was the perfect move. From the director’s choices and the way that they shot the fight scenes to the score and editing — all I can say is well done Wahlberg.
- The Cast: Everyone in this film deserves a nod for their work. From the people you’ve never heard of before, to all of Mickey and Dickey’s sisters with some of the best hair-dos on screen ever, to Melissa Leo transforming herself yet again, to Amy Adams playing a role that we’ve never seen her in and blowing down the doors on a whole new cinematic future for herself, everyone deserves a nod for their phenomenal work in this film.
- Tone/Lightness: Often times people need a drama to be serious in order to consider it a “great film.” But often some good laughs in a dramatic film help take a depressing story to a meaningful one. The reason why this one is so smart is because it takes a rather dark story and breathes life and humor into it which makes it more relatable for audiences. It can be loved by the pretentious Oscar critic just as much as the average movie-goer.
- The Script: This film is extremely well written. The arc, the character development, the dialogue, the pay-off were all there in the script and with a few strong actors made this film unstoppable (unlike Tony Scott’s film).
- The Action: I personally hate boxing and yet at the end they had me so invested in the character and feeling like I was part of the audience watching the fight that I accidentally yelled out at the screen once (along with many others). The boxing scenes were shot to make you feel like you’re watching a real HBO fight and instead of making us (the viewers) feel like we’re in the ring they made us feel like real viewers! It was amazing, captivating, a brilliant choice and well pulled off.
- The Making Out: Now I’m one for a good sex scene, but the making out between Wahlberg and Adams was at times a bit much. It’s fun seeing some “real foreplay” but I don’t know if it really mattered for the film as a while. But this is such a small thing that might actually be what gets viewers into the theaters so go on with you bad fighter self!
This is a great film for everyone to go and see. It was well made, well acted, it invests the audience in the story and it is completely worth the time and money at the cinema. Don’t miss it!
The Fighter in theaters December 10, 2010!
Will you go to see the film?