Chad Ackerman has returned with another film review for Gun Shy Assassin. This week, he brings us his take on ‘The Fighter,’ which is a favorite at this upcoming weekend’s Golden Globes and will probably win a ton at this year’s Oscars. What did Chad think? Read on.
Although it was his third release, I was first introduced to David O. Russel in 1999 with his film “Three Kings.” I was pleased with the story, the acting, and the unique cinematography. I was immediately a fan of Russel’s directing style, and was on board for any of his future projects.
His next two films, both starring Mark Wahlberg, were a pleasure in different ways (“I Heart Huckabees” and “The Fighter”). Mark Wahlberg is not the greatest actor in the world, but he is fun to watch in roles that fit his range as an actor. “The Fighter” is a perfect movie to showcase Wahlberg’s talent as an athlete and an actor.
Based upon a true story, “The Fighter” is about a has-been fighter (Christian Bale) training his brother (Wahlberg) to be a championship fighter and boxer in the 1980s. Christian Bale is a joy to watch as he portrays a blabbermouth crackhead who — at the same time — is an amazing fighter and trainer.
I do not want to give too much away about what happens in the movie, but it is a very inspiring story that teaches us how building on failure constructs a tower of success. Also, I am not a huge Amy Adams fan. In fact, it took me a while to watch the movie because I heard that she was in it. Now, I am an Amy Adams fan because of her memorable performance. I will give her a chance in her future roles, unless it is a cheesy romance with Matthew McConaughey.
Overall, I give the movie a B+.
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