01-08-2011 11:15 PM
I saw "The Fighter" on December 17. One word - Astounding!
"Rocky" delivered a story about a man who achieved fame through perseverance with the profession of boxing but "The Fighter" goes a step above because it's a true story. "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is just one of the regular blue collar workers in Lowell, Massachusetts who idolizes his brother, Dicky, whose claim to fame was knocking out Sugar Ray Robinson. Dicky (Christian Bale) has become a coke addict and is taking on as his responsibility the goal that his brother rises to glory through boxing. Dicky persists that his tutelage will make Micky a star boxer and will not allow anyone to interfere. There are problems galore with the whole family especially involving the mother, Alice, portrayed by Melissa Leo. Alice's domination of the family to blind obedience is paramount and she will not allow anyone to break up her family. It's amusing to see her seven grown daughters surrounding her and nodding to every dictate Alice utters.
While watching this movie, I came to the conclusion that Christian Bale steals the show. Although he is practically in this movie for as long as Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale will be delegated to Best Supporting Actor status. "The Fighter" was filmed in Lowell and the audience can get the feel of the locale.
I am confident that both Melissa Leo as well as Amy Adams will be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. In my opinion, Melissa Leo is more deserving. Of course, Mark Wahlberg will be nominated for Best Actor.
"The Fighter" has an excellent ensemble cast and this loyalty to family ties takes precedence over the boxing theme. When you see this dysfunctional family finally coming together, this is where the real knockout takes place.
01-09-2011 09:22 PM
I have to agree with you. Although Bale hasn't really been mentioned in the reports I've seen his performance was phenomenal. He truly transforms himself. (have to fully disclose here that I am a CB fan).