The Fighter (2010) ***** Did Christian Bale really just jump out of that window again?
The Fighter *****
Method actors are truly the 8th wonder of the world. While watching The Fighter, one of the best movies of 2010, I couldn’t help but wonder if the incredible Christian Bale really was smoking crack and jumping out of windows during his preparation for his role as former boxer and trainer Dicky Ecklund. This man is no longer just an actor. He is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t think I have ever witnessed an actor immerse themselves and completely lose themselves in a role since the great Robert De Niro in Raging Bull.
I know what your thinking, the great Robert De Niro is an oxymoron, but believe me Movie Monkeys, at one point in his career before he was getting poked in the dick with a needle by Ben Stiller, De Niro was an amazing method actor.
Christian Bale in his quest to become the most committed and talented Method Actor of this generation and next, summons the courage and dedication of a young Marlon Brando. This man is truly amazing. His Best Supporting Actor Oscar was definitely well earned.
The Fighter tells the incredible true story of former welterweight WBU boxing champ Mickey Ward and his struggles inside and out of the ring with his eccentric Lowell, Massachusetts family including the aforementioned drug addict and half-brother Dicky Ecklund.
With any other mediocre Hollywood actors this would have been just another underdog sports film, but what these actors do with this excellent script is truly sublime. Each actor brings an intensity to their performance rarely seen in modern cinema anymore. Mark Wahlberg has reached a new level of acting with his humble and honest portrayal of the torn Mickey Ward. His dysfunctional but loving family is the only thing keeping him from achieving true greatness but yet he can’t bring himself to leave them until he finds his one true love that gives him the motivation to actually want to make something of his fading career. This struggle forms the basis of one of modern cinemas truly great dramas. Amy Adams plays Mickey Ward’s tough talking but extremely supportive Boston girlfriend to perfection while the amazing Melissa Leo (another very deserving Oscar winner) portrays the overbearing and misguided mother who is in completely denial over her son’s shortcomings, to a whole new level of acting. They could not have picked better actor’s for this film. While watching this film the viewer is witness to a superb acting clinic before your very eyes.
As in most Boxing movies (the good ones no less) the actual boxing aspect of the story takes a backseat to the tragedy and triumphs of these characters lives outside of the ring. The direction by the extremely talented and short tempered David O. Russel is superb. He knows how to elicit a remarkable performance from his actors. The set design, cinematography, even the music are all top notch. The fact that the film-makers could convince the notoriously protective Led Zeppelin to allow them to use “Good Times, Bad Times” during one of the films most important scenes speaks volumes to the quality of this film. If you have not already seen this amazing film SEE IT NOW! You will not be disappointed.
The Fighter (2010)
Drama, Biography, Sports
Directed by David O. Russell
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo