Friday, March 11, 2011

Fists Of Brotherhood


1. Title : The Fighter
2. Release date : 10 December 2010 (United States), 3 March 2011 (Malaysia)
3. Director : David O. Russell
4. Starring :
Mark Wahlberg
Christian Bale
Amy Adams
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Sports / Drama
7. Official website : Fighter

Imagine a movie about sports, family and dreams. Then combine them with a true story. You will get a true sports drama movie, and you are going to love it.

If you happened to read the synopsis before watching it, then I suggest you should expect more. Even though 'The Fighter' is biographical, and it tells you the real life of a professional boxer named "Irish" Micky Ward and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund, it does not simply 'show' it to the audience. When I watched it, I was dragged into it and forced to experience the situation from many points of view; Micky's, Dicky's, Alice's (the mother) and Charlene's (Micky's girlfriend). This movie had more conflicts and verbal fights than the physical ones that you would not even realize arguing yourself about who was on the right side.

The highlight of 'The Fighter' would be Dicky's love for his brother. He was a crack addict for most part of the movie, but he was Micky's strength for all of it. Despite being a talkative nuisance who incidentally dragged his younger brother down, his character was the most connected. Whichever teary moment you will find in this, there will be Dicky (Christian Bale) in it. This character reminded me of a lot of reasons why Christian Bale is growing on me as a favourite actor.

'The fighter' is not only about a want-to-get-better boxer and his challenges. It is about his family's too. When you have to choose sides while watching this, you will understand that perhaps the movie is not about boxing at all. It is about everything you want in life.

Rating: 8/10

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