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Whereas Mark Wahlberg's performance is a lot to be desired. Christian Bale gives an incredible performance and once again proves that he's one of the best actors around. Similar to his performance in The Machinist, he transformed himself in to the twitchy skeletal role of Dicky. With a goofy mouth and vacant stare he completely sells the idea of a drug-addled man. He picked up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and wholeheartedly deserved it.
As much as The Fighter is a true underdog story, at the heart of the film lies the relationship or student vs mentor, athlete vs drug addict. How David O Russell created parallels between the chaos of the family and Micky's journey in the ring, one couldn't help but be reminded of Scorsese's Raging Bull.
Although Russell's direction may not reach the standard of Scorsese. The director excels at the faster-paced moments. He captures the thrill of throwing punches in the ring, as the boxing scene are brilliantly energetic. Personally, I for one enjoyed how he captured these moments like a PPV boxing match. The footage became genuinely exciting and created an investment in the outcome of the fights.
This seems to form an unofficial trilogy (alongside Silver Linings Playbook and Joy) from David O. Russel about underdogs trying to succeed despite their INCOMPREHENSIVELY DOUCHEY FAMILIES. I mean YOIKS. Is there something you're trying to tell me, Davey? Anyway, the leads are presentable with their questionable range of Massachusettes accents, but Bale truly shines as Lord-Emperor Douchegurgler, the riches-to-rags pugilist fighting for his singular bout of halcyon glory, playing on repeat like a scratched DVD, versus the result of his miserable aftermath.
Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, and Christian Bale give outstanding performances
Story/Screenplay: (4/5) Hollywood movies based on true stories run the risk of fouling reality to better their chances of creating commercially successful films. In this case, the movie and true story are not too discrepant from one another, and this story is compelling.
Duration/Tempo: (3/5) Felt a bit longer than its 1 hour and 56 minute runtime. Tempo was OK. Not bad, not great.
Cast & Crew: (4/5) Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale did well characterizing half-brothers with different boxing styles. Amy Adams was solid and memorable.
Summary: Overall, 4 out of 5 stars. Cinderella Man and Rocky may be more entertaining, but this movie feels more real. A thumbs up.
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Christian Bale can do no wrong.
A great story told with an honest and gritty voice. Amy Adams and Christian Bale stand out here. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
5/5. A predictable story that is carried by fantastic acting and plenty of raw emotions.
Bale steals the show one more time.
Great movie! amazing performances. Check the real fights on youtube, the best fights ever according to a lot of boxing critics.