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The Fighter: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on January 23, 2011 at 6:52 PM

The Fighter

Released December 10, 2010 (Limited Release)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo

Director: David O. Russell

Rated R

115 Minutes

Note: As with The King's Speech, I could not fit this review under 750 characters.

One Strong Punch

Posted Jan 23, 2011


Featuring one of the strongest ensemble casts of the year, 'The Fighter' is a conventional yet strongly impacting boxing film about the comeback of boxer Micky Ward. Christian Bale's performance excellently depicts Micky's trainer and supporter, Dicky, the maniacal and innerly broken half-brother whose troubles with the law and disloyalty have helped cause Micky's recent career failures, while Melissa Leo exceptionally captures the fury and toughness of Micky’s frightening matriarch. These standout performances provide amazing insight into the shattered, dysfunctional family that is no longer the supportive backbone of Micky that it used to be. Yet through the support and intelligence of Charlene, the new girlfriend of Micky superbly rendered by Amy Adams, the confidence of a once humiliated loser is restored, and a raw, rough-hewn tenderness and emotionally moving spirit, similar to that of boxing classics such as Rocky and Raging Bull, is sparked in a film all about toughness. ‘The Fighter’ is nothing short of a knockout. 3.5 out of 4 stars

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Reply Jein Park
7:11 PM on January 23, 2011 
isn't the fighter like... really really really violent?
Reply The Cellist
12:21 AM on January 25, 2011 
Well it's boxing so what do you expect? Though it is REALLY violent in the summary.
Reply erik
10:31 AM on January 25, 2011 
Ken these reviews are so good that i think you should go pro
or something

Seriously they sound like real critic reviews
Reply Mina
11:14 PM on January 26, 2011 
kens getting nicer.....
Reply Kenneth Shinozuka
11:50 PM on January 26, 2011 

Most of the reviews I'm currently writing are frontrunners in the race for the Academy Awards this year. In other words, I'm watching the best of the best films. My reviews may seem generous.
Reply Jein Park
4:45 PM on February 26, 2011 
an irrelevant comment but why did you choose to rate the movies out of 4 stars instead of 5?