Rating: 4.5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 05/15/2011
The Fighter, is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.
Rated R | Length 116 minutes
Joe Siriani | Joseph Oliveira | Alicia Love | Kimko | David Struffolino | Dennis Lauricella | Hunter Wilichoski | London Hall | Dennis Jay Funny | Susan Farese | Mark Falvo | Ron Shimshilashvili | Jeff Martineau | Thomas Olson | Anastasia Sanidopoulos Mousis | Briggon Snow | Dan Marshall | Alex East | Ger Duany | Henry Penzi | Shawn Doherty | Al Conti | Gino Cafarelli | John Franchi | Jodie Brunelle | Shawn Fogarty | Luisa Diaz | Brina | Conan Marchi | Jeffrey Corazzini | Joseph Basile | Charlie Alejandro | Dicky Eklund Jr. | George Foreman | Roy Jones Jr. | Emanuel Steward | Jim Lampley | Larry Merchant | Michael Buffer | Jen Weissenberg | Peter Cunningham | Brian Christensen | Anthony Molinari | Eric Weinstein | Jerrell Lee Wesley | Walter Driscoll | Bonnie Aarons | Kim Carrell | Dale Place | Jeremiah Kissel | Alison Folland | Thomas Benton | Matthew Muzio | Sean Malone | Melissa McMeekin | Ross Bickell | Ted Arcidi | Chanty Sok | Sugar Ray Leonard | Frank Renzulli | Jackson Nicoll | Caitlin Dwyer | Jenna Lamia | Erica McDermott | Bianca Hunter | Dendrie Taylor | Jack McGee | Mickey O'Keefe | Melissa Leo | Amy Adams | Christian Bale | Mark Wahlberg
I was hooked from frame one of this film. Thankfully THE FIGHTER is more than a boxing movie. It’s a movie about family above everything else, and the struggle of a young boxer to overcome the obstacle that is his own family.
Great performances all around. I haven’t liked Mark Wahlberg in a while, he’s great here. Amy Adams also turns in a great performance. But, the standout here is Christian Bale as Dicky. Wow. I’ve never seen him this good.
On all levels, THE FIGHTER is one of the best of 2010. Glad I finally saw it!