• James Rutherford

'The Fighter': A Dynamic and Kinetic Depiction of the Rise of Professional Boxer “Irish” Micky Ward


Movie poster for the film The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale

“The Fighter” (2010) is a true-to-life depiction of the early years in the career of renowned professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), coming up from the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts in the shadow of his elder half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale).


A former professional boxer himself who once fought "Sugar Ray" Leonard, Dicky now finds himself down and out, strung out on drugs, even as he endeavors to train his younger brother in his imminent bid for the welterweight title.


Directed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), “The Fighter” is a spirited and provocative sports drama, highlighted by Bale’s masterful, Academy Award-winning performance as the troubled Dicky. Russell employs his wildly idiosyncratic brand of storytelling in the best possible manner with this one, delivering a top-notch cinematic experience and one of the finest sports films of the 21st Century.

 

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