Let's start with how Amazing this film was, I was expecting great things from this movie but the performance by Christian Bale as Dickie Eklund was Oscar worthy for sure. This guys just seems to amaze me with his acting skills and how serious he takes his craft. Mark Wahlberg did a great job portraying "Irish" Micky Ward in the film. If you want to see a real life "Rocky" film then this one is for you. To me The Fighter rivals any Rocky films out there. And being based on the real life story of Ward even make it more interesting. All the issues he went threw to live this real life Cinderella story.
There were a few spots in the film I had trouble with but nothing that would deter me from going to watch it again.
Yes the film is based on a boxer and if your a boxing fan your going to love this film the action is great but what really carries this film is the acting and story. And yes this movie is also for people that do not like boxing you will get sucked in by the story and forget that it is about one man's boxing dream to become a Champion. What makes this film not your average boxing film is that the story evolves around the ring but is not confined in it.
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The movie starts off by an HBO crew following around Dicky Eklund around his home town of Lowell, which he thinks he is being filmed for a comeback story. Eklund real claim to fame was knocking out the great Sugar Ray Leonard down in a Round when they fought.
Micky himself was a quite person, family first type of guy. Micky let his left hook do the talking in the ring. While Micky was to be getting trained by his brother who would rather smoke crack and almost missing some of Micky's most important moments in his life due to his drug habit. Another person in Micky's life that had an impact on his life was his overbearing mother, and manager played by Melissa Leo.
Micky was getting older in age and losing fights and was not being taken serious by anyone. Then comes no BS taking girlfriend played by Amy Adams. She helps him start to see the light and how his family is holding him back from being the champion she knows he is. While things are going get in his life he brother returns to jail. While Eklund rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime. Micky gets to training for his upcoming bouts.
We will leave it at that, I want you to experience this film for yourself and not to judge the film by my review.
The one thing that I wished they showed was the great battles between Arturo Gatti. Those were some of the most thunderous fights I have ever seen.
The bottom line The Fighter is a dazzling film with a great cast and a director with superb story telling ability that made this film even more then what I was expecting. Remember this movie is based on a true story and Micky and brother had a hand on making this film come to life. Again you do not have to be a boxing fan to fall in love with this movie.
As a welterweight from the wrong side of the tracks, Irish-American Dicky Eklund is the pride of working class Lowell, Massachusetts. Living in his shadow is his half-brother and sparring partner Micky Ward. After fighting Sugar Ray Leonard, Eklund plunges into a nightmare of crack addiction, violence and prison. His family's hopes are crushed in the wake of Dicky's decline. Like a real life Rocky, Micky fights on his own terms and pulls his family out of despair with his meteoric rise in the ring. Freshly paroled Dicky finds redemption training his little brother, now known as "Irish" Micky Ward, for his Welterweight Championship bout with Shea Neary.