Family, Crack, and The Fighter

In Brief

The boxing movie is definitely overdone, but at least The Fighter offers a fresh perspective.

The Review

We typically see the adverse effects of fame on rockstars in film. The Fighter shows us that sometimes athletes can also fall prey to the temptations of a famous lifestyle. While the film predominantly centers on Micky Ward’s (Mark Wahlberg) rise to the Welterweight Championship of the World, the most interesting parts of the film are actually about Ward’s brother, Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a crack-addicted washed up fighter. Bale was surprisingly good.

This film shows an even more dysfunctional family than The Kids are All Right and Winter’s Bone, two other best picture nominees. Micky’s life is dominated by his brother Dicky who acts as trainer and his mother (played by Melissa Leo) as his manager. His career is essentially stunted by his brother’s search for a comeback visa vie Micky’s own mediocre boxing gigs.

The film makes us consider hard questions about mixing family and career and the attraction to drugs among the rich and famous.

Report Card

Acting

Directing

Writing

Soundtrack

B+

A

A

B

 

Final Grade: A-

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