The Fighter (15)

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An inspirational true story that has become the most magnificent Boxing movie I've watched apart from Rocky and Million Dollar Baby. The acting shapes things together more than anything and director David O.Russell has finally come up with a film that lives up to it';s expectations in the best way possible following his dire I Heart Huckabees in 2003. Mark Wahlberg gives a performance that finally made me recognise him as a good actor with his terrific portrayal of Boxing legend Mickey Ward. The film tells of Ward's path to victory in the 1992 Massachusetts Cup, but is more than just an average biopic. This a tender beautifully-told tale about a man who finally found a way to say no. The film explores how Mickey started off as an adventurous young lad on the streets of Boston who dreamed of becoming a Boxer, but was torn apart by his crack-addict criminal brother Dickie (an equally unmissable Christian Bale). It took his girlfriend, a waitress (Amy Adams) to put to put Mickey back on track and allow him to live his dreams in the regional Boxing championships of 1992. Wahlberg and Bale certainly pull things together with two glorious performances, but the film's two women stars Amy Adams and Melissa Leo also help to make The Fighter the finest in the Boxing movie genre.
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Reviewer Melmoth
Not another boxing movie? But don't be put off, The Fighter is well worth going to see. Mark Wahlberg, in an accomplished but understated performance, plays the foil to Christian Bale's OTT crack-head and a ferocious brood of sisters and coiffeured chain-smoking mum who are like something from an American version of Shameless or an episode of Jerry Springer but very true to life - the scary thing is we have probably all met a family like this, some of us may even live in one. You can't choose your family or where you are born, and the movie very cleverly portrays the real struggle of any person's life - against circumstances, against people trying to hold you back, against the lures of drugs and self-pity - and is ultmately incredibly uplifting. Great fun and very enjoyable. Bale shoud definitely be clearing a space on his mantelpiece for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
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