It isn’t your typical Rocky film, it has more heart and passion with a very dedicated cast and director David O.Russell. Mark Wahlberg took a large gamble when he tried to sell the story to many producers but nobody wanted to tell the tail of “Irish” Micky Ward, who was a working class boxer from Massachusetts who was trained by his brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) and managed by his mother Alice Ward (Melissa Leo). Micky ( Mark Wahlberg) struggles in life and wants to succeed in his boxing career, during the film he forms a relationship with Charlene Fleming ( Amy Adams ) a waitress at a bar, who was a former college athlete. It’s the story of Micky trying to break from the shackles of being known as the stepping stone to other boxers as defeating him on their way up the ladder., with a twist as his brother Dicky Eklund (Bale) is addicted to Crack Cocaine and complicates matters. After the loosing another fight, Micky is offered to start training in Las Vegas professionally. Charlene is blamed for Micky wanting to leave the family, Dicky offers to match the offer ,he tries to get money by posing his girlfriend as a prostitute and then, once she picks up a client, impersonating a police officer to steal the client’s car. This is quickly foiled by the actual police and Dicky is arrested after a chase and a fight with them. Micky intervenes to try to stop the police from beating his brother, but he is also beaten and a police officer breaks his hand before arresting him. At trial, Micky is released but Dicky is sent to jail. Micky denounces Dicky for the trouble he caused. You’ll have to go watch the movie to see the end.
As a film it is utterly exciting, there are many twist and turns, the tale of the underdog is always one that will capture the audience and sympathize with the main character. The amount of detail Christian Bale goes to create Dicky Eklund is amazing, he looses a shed load of weight and followed the really Dicky around for months prior and during filming. Truly Bale gives a performance of a life time. Wahlberg wears his heart on his sleeves during the whole film, his passion for the role is the backbone of The Fighter . Critics have deemed Bale as the star but personally Wahlberg’s best performance since The Departed (2006). Melissa Leo is a very strong influential head of the family, she tries to keep the family together during such harsh times. Clearly her best role since Frozen River (2008). Overall a very casting, and not to be missed.