I've heard a lot of good things about The Fighter. I've heard these good things from both males and females. TEN mentioned that he wanted to see this movie, and I happily agreed.
I like Mark Wahlberg. I think he's a great actor. Granted, he usually plays the same type of character...a little rough around the edges...but very likeable. He's a hell of a lot better actor than he was a rapper/singer/dancer/whatever it was that he was. In case you need a reminder, watch this:
Anyway, back to the movie. I was a bit worried that it may be a bit like Cinderella Man. A fighter. Isn't winning. Something happens. He starts winning again. You know what I'm talking about.
And although that is pretty much what happens, the story is still one worth watching. It's a true story about Micky Ward, which makes the movie all the more interesting, but also all the more heart breaking. Especially the side story of his brother, Dicky Ecklund. It was hard to watch at times. The first half of the movie had me up and down to the kitchen. Still paying attention, but not wanting to be too "close" to the situation.
I'm torn on how to rate this movie. Because it certainly wasn't an original story, although it was true one. I had a hard time watching the first half of the movie, but that was because it disturbed me and saddened me so. That means the movie was a success, right? Even more of a success because I was smiling in the end. Right?
Here is the trailer for the movie. BUT, I DON'T RECOMMEND WATCHING IT IF YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE MOVIE. I didn't see it before hand, and I'm glad. It gives away too much. I think the reason I was so affected is because I didn't know the story yet. But you can make your own decision...
So, for being a true story that actually had me yelling at the TV at times. For having me beaming with pride for Dickie at one point, and Micky a moment later. For hating a character, and then loving them...all in a span of 20 minutes...I give this movie...