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Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Story Seldom Told

The interesting thing about "The Fighter" is that the title character, "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is probably the least interesting part of the movie. After watching the movie, we feel little sense of connection to Wahlberg's character, nor do we see what the big deal about his story is. For those who want a plot summary, here's a link to Micky Ward's Wikipedia entry.

The movie won two Academy Awards. Melissa Leo, as Micky's mother, won Best Supporting Actress. We don't exactly understand why: She's fine, but she plays a thoroughly unlikable character whom we thoroughly unliked. Where's the challenge?

Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale, on the other hand, is worth the price of admission (well, especially since we Netflixed it and pretty much paid nothing). As Micky's brother, crack-addicted former boxer Dicky Eklund, Bale is spectacular. Forget how you've seen him before: This is not Bruce Wayne.

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