The Fighter

The Fighter (2010)
Directed by David O. Russell
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams,
I’m the one who’s fighting. Not you, not you, and not you.” (Micky Ward – Mark Wahlberg)

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is as sweaty as the shirts its characters wear, as dirty as Dicky’s voice when he sings to calm down his mother, as quick as the narrow camera movements, as violent as making a choice between the family and you.

It’s a very good true story about boxing, family and the necessity of people to find their own way in the world and their own stories to tell. Micky and Dicky are brothers who share the passion for boxing. They live in Lowell, Massachussets, a small city where old people walking their dog stop by houses when they hear someone yelling (you know, just in case something happens). Dicky has had his fifteen minutes of fame in boxing in the past. He is the “Legend of Lowell” and HBO is shooting a documentary on his life and career. Micky used to take his brother as a model. He is younger and he is in boxing too, with Dicky training him and their mother Alice managing him. They just want what is best for their family (which also counts a father and seven – 7! – sisters) … at least until Micky realizes that life always gives us opportunities.

Special Mention to the perfectly fitting blues and rock n’ roll soundtrack.

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