Mark Wahlberg must have a knack for it. He is once again portraying an icon athlete, or should I say boxer this time. In “The Fighter” Wahlberg is Micky Ward the famous Irish boxer from the mid 80’s. Following his rough road to fame. Micky who had always been upstaged by his boxing brother Dicky (Christian Bale) and was set on making a name for himself in the fighting community. With many loses it was a struggle to even find fights.
After showing some promise in one of his matches a trainer from Vegas offers Micky free training and fights with some great contenders, only rule is that he has to cut his brother out of his training. Which should not be hard to do considering he gets sent to prison due to his illegal activities involving drugs and solicitation. Micky begins training and becomes a stronger confident fighter.
At his side is his girlfriend Charlene (Amy Adams), a no nonsense bar maid who is willing to fight for what she believes in. With Charlene by Micky’s side nothing can go wrong. The pair deal with the back lashing of his sisters and mother when Micky turns his back on his brother, but Charlene takes a stand against the girls and they learn to choose their battles wisely.
Once Dicky is to be released from prison it is time for Micky to decide what role he will play in his life. He has established himself in as a true contender and inviting his former addict brother back into his career could be a fatal mistake. With so many decisions to weigh will Micky crack under the pressure?
“The Fighter” is another true inspirational story. Mark Wahlberg offered a solid performance, but co-star Christian Bale proved he is more than a bad Batman. I was shocked by the variety he offered on screen and how in depth he took his role as a drug addict. Amy Adams stepped out of her cookie cutter roles and took on a badass role and stole the show. By far her best performance and Oscar worthy in my opinion. “The Fighter” is another must see film with some of the greatest performances this year.