The Fighter

D: David O. Russell
Paramount/Relativity Media/Mandeville (David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Mark Wahlberg, Dorothy Aufiero & Paul Tamasy)
USA 🇺🇸 2010
115 mins


W: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
DP: Hoyte Van Hoytema
Ed: Pamela Martin
Mus: Michael Brooks

Mark Wahlberg (Micky Ward), Christian Bale (Dicky Edlund), Amy Adams (Charlene Fleming), Melissa Leo (Alice Ward), Jack McGee (George Ward)

Mark Wahlberg turns in the best performance of his career in this excellent biopic studying the relationship of an up-and-coming boxer Micky Ward and his family. Unfortunately for Wahlberg, his performance is overshadowed by Christian Bale who deservedly won an oscar for his portrayal of the crack-addicted trainer brother. Amy Adams & Melissa Leo are also excellent as Wahlberg's girlfriend & overpowering mother, respectively.
It's not quite Raging Bull, but it's right up there with the best of its genre.

Christian Bale & Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter
Christian Bale & Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter