#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The Fighter is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO’d by drugs and crime.
Plot: Boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.
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Two brothers. Two fighters. One has had his time and his now a junkie – Dicky (Christian Bale), and the other is in the shape of his life, with his career ahead of him – Micky (Mark Wahlberg). The two love eachother, but one is on his way up, and the other is on his way down. Lets just say, it is not without problems. This is based on a true story, btw, and we see the two brothers by the credits (lovely idea, and also shows us how true the actors are to the real brothers).
The story is centered around Micky, but we also get a lot of insight into his crazy family, which consists of a mad and devoted mother (Melissa Leo), a hundred sisters and of course, the father who is just trying to survive in the ocean of women. They all mean well, but damn, I am glad my family is different from them.
I’ve never (big word in this case, but still) been a big David O. Russell fan. His movies has been a little too… fancy for my liking, and with a weird sense of humor (seriously, I’ve never understood what why everyone liked Silver Linings Playbook). However, this one really took me by the heart and flipped me around. It is a very emotional story, and the fact that it’s a true story, only makes it so much better. Also, the actors are great, especially the two brothers, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. They have enough contrasts between them to make it really interesting.
_Last words… forget the boxing matches. They are ok, but its the story between the brothers that is the real story here. I mean… that last scene with the two being interviewed… that got me so bad. It is a predictable story, but really, I can forgive that, since the rest is so good._
A really good movie like you don’t easily find lately.
Great story, without getting into getting cheesy and great cat. Specially remarkable Christian Bale and Amy Adams but they all perform superb.
Just waiting for the second part …
It’s a sports film that rises above the genre to become something better.
The Fighter is based on the true story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely rise through the ranks to the WBU (World Boxing Union) light-welterweight title.
Micky’s story would be a conventional sports film if not for the presence of his half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer whose life was screwed up by crack addiction and the petty crimes that associated with that life.
The brother, played by Christian Bale, makes the story interesting and charges it emotionally. Bale bursts from the skin of his character, igniting every frame with his energy (reminding, occasionally of his role as the high-energy boy in Empire of the Sun). As in The Mechanic, Bale lost a lot of weight preparing for the gaunt crack-addicted brother. He was 100 per cent convincing.
Bale’s character, Davy, exudes personality every time he enters a room or walks down a street. You know he is a drug-addled screw up and you know he is going to mess up his brother’s life, but the brother loves him and is loyal to him so you want to see Davy rise above his problem.
One of Bale’s best scenes was shot on the front porch of the house where Charlene, Micky’s girlfriend (played by Amy Adams) lives. Clean and sober after eight months in prison, Dicky carries a ton of baggage to that porch. He has hurt people. He has conned neighbors. He has disappointed everyone but his mother and his half brother. The entire town of Lowell, Massachusetts remembers Dicky as a boxer (“The pride of Lowell”) but they also remember him being addicted to crack, so nobody is prepared to believe he has gotten past the addiction during his eight months in prison.
On the porch, Micky, knowing that he carries that baggage, wants to charm Charlene and patch things up for his brother. Charlene, however, is fueled by her complete distrust of Davy. She loves Micky and she has seen Dicky mess up Micky’s life over and over again. On the porch, she has just walked away from Micky because he insists on being loyal to Dicky. No way is she going to be easily convinced that Davy has changed.
She is skeptical of every word to come from Dicky’s mouth, but Dicky pulls out all the stops in an effort to overcome his baggage and connect with her to make things right for his brother.
The immovable object meets the irresistible force. It is a fine scene.
Amy Adams is equally amazing in this film. As an actor, she is gutsy. Even when she started to command bigger paychecks, she continued to make independent films and bring to those indie films performances that made them better than they might have been. She never shies from a challenge. In this role she plays a worldly bartender who flunked out of college despite a full scholarship in high jump. As an athlete, she can understand with Micky.
In the final analysis, it is Amy Adams who makes the chemistry work between Charlene and Micky. Wahlberg can be as wooden as Ben Affleck when it comes to romantic subtleties. Amy Adams in this role is like one of those good dancers on Dancing With The Stars who has to work with a partner who might as well be a post or a tree stump. While Wahlberg is unmoving, Amy Adams’ performance reaches out and emotionally draws the scenes together.
The Fighter has dimension to it, and a lot of the depth from the supporting cast.
The mother played with conviction by Melissa Leo. She runs a family home surrounded by seven adult daughters, and all seem to either be living at home or visiting their mother a lot. The sisters are a hoot, sort of like a Greek chorus on a living room couch. Highly emotional, the sisters hate Micky’s girlfriend. I loved them because there was something fascinatingly hideous about the sisters.
Rocky, Raging Bull, Ali, Million Dollar Baby, and Cinderella Man are all fight films that have taken the viewer where The Fighter goes. No surprise there. Micky, as you expect, gets the crap beaten out of him. He struggles through the rank. He gets his shot at a title and he enters the ring against a better boxer to compete for a world championship. The sports genre always travels down a well-beaten path and always takes us to a happier place. Every sports film tells this oft-told tale. You enjoy the genre because getting there is what makes sports films a pleasure.
The Fighter benefits from the fact that it is not just a sports film but a story of family and redemption. You family is important, addiction is not unbeatable. The Fighter is a feel good film with a lot of ugly stuff to overcome.
IAlthough I put The Fighter along side most of the other boxing films, it could have been a lot better. If Micky had been more three-dimensional, the film might have been a classic. The elements are there, struggle and redemption. It’s a true story with a lot of subtext, and that alone makes it better than Rocky. Unfortunately, Wahlberg is no DeNiro so it’s no Raging Bull, and the script isn’t up to Million Dollar Baby.
That said, The Fighter is worth seeing. You’ll like it for the performances by Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and character actors whose faces you’ll recognize from dozens of other films and television performances. You will love it for the feel-good arc, the love and redemption that are built into this genre.
If you like boxing, you’ll love the action. The camera work in the ring scenes is first rate and convincing. On the big screen, you feel every punch.
However, if you are of that generation that hates boxing but likes cage fighting, there’s no hope for you, sorry
Not a Rocky, Million Dollar Baby or a Cinderella Man–just foul mouthed
There have been so many good boxing movies over the years: Raging Bull and Rocky set the bar extremely high for boxing movies; On the Waterfront showed a great portrayal of a failed boxer dealing with life; Million Dollar Baby was a spectacular look at the relationship between boxer and trainer; Cinderella Man was a perfect example of the comeback; Somebody Up There Likes Me was a nice movie; The Boxer (Daniel Day Lewis) was a great film about overcoming the odds; Hard Times (Charles Bronson) was a terrific film about bare fisted boxing.
The Fighter was not comparable to the aforementioned movies in many ways: there was no character development whatsoever — so you do not feel the joy of a Rocky winning or the pain of Maggie Fitzgerald breaking her neck — you feel nothing at the end. The script was laced with profanity — way too much profanity — you feel like you are the one being punched in the face with all the foul language. I do not think there is a single line that does not have the F-bomb (or an equivalent vileness) spouted from any of the characters. The movie plays like a foul-mouthed Jerry Springer episode and looks like it was made for today’s vile, uneducated, ignorant generation.
I admire that the “real” Mickey fought against the odds and won a title and I admire that the “real” Dicky cleaned his life up and went on to help his brother in his time of need. I do not think the movie’s portrayal of the characters did much to emphasize what could have been a good movie about comebacks and life changes.
Not Rocky–not Raging Bull–nowhere near Million Dollar Baby or Cinderella Man–wait for it on video.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Sport
Director David O. Russell
Writer Scott Silver (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (screenplay), Eric Johnson (screenplay), Paul Tamasy (story), Eric Johnson (story), Keith Dorrington (story)
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Awards Won 2 Oscars. Another 71 wins & 124 nominations.
Production Company Relativity, Closest to the Hole, Mandeville Films
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Aaton Penelope, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Red One Camera, Sony BVP-900, Sony BVP-950
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate and prints), Technicolor, New York (NY), USA (dailies)
Film Length 3,227 m (Portugal)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 250T 8553, Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 500T 8573), Video
Cinematographic Process Betacam SP (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Techniscope (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema