Me and My Nine Iron

January 5, 2011

The Fighter review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 12:05 pm

The biographical sports film of professional boxer Micky Ward and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund was solid. I loved how it was shot like a documentary, which reminded me of how The Social Network took on the defining angle of the deposition. Probably the only thing that I would criticize, as with any sports film, was the actual “sport” part itself. People praised this movie for making the action more believable than other movies, but the boxing was hardly realistic with all the pretentious heavy exchanges. That being said, I understand that’s necessary to make a movie watchable so it shouldn’t be a big deal.

Mark Wahlberg trained for this role for four years as production stalled. He also refused a stunt double and almost had his nose broken multiple times (whatever that means) during the fight scenes. But the star of the movie was Christian Bale. He lost 60 pounds for this role, looked disgustingly frail and was spot on with the spooky mannerisms of a drug-addicted fiend. He has my vote for Best Supporting Actor while Wahlberg was a lock for a Best Actor nomination when he took the role (see Million Dollar Baby, Ali, Raging Bull).

Sports Illustrated called it the best sports movie of the decade, and while I don’t watch many sports movies for its predictably and aforementioned glittery action, I found it a highly enjoyable piece about a local boy with family issues making a comeback.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5




  1. It’s funny how they both have weird voices, and even though Jackie’s is weirder (read: more annoying), I’d still stick with her.

    Comment by Bryan — January 7, 2011 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve only heard good things about this movie. gotta go watch.

    BTW, apparently kcal replaced jackie johnson with an even hotter weathergirl. didn’t catch her name but I know the weather for the next week now.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 5, 2011 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

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