The Fighter (BLU RAY)

The Fighter

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Running Time: 
115 minutes
Speical Features

Commentary by director, The Warriors Code The Filming of The Fighter, Keeping the Faith, and Deleted Scenes

Type of Movie:
Root for the underdog, happy feeling of go kick some butt, and making the viewer want to start punching the air. Pretty much any boxing themed movie that has ever been made yet is still always fun to watch even though we already know how it’s going to end but with Mark Wahlberg in it.

Plot of The Fighter:
Based off the true story of boxer Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) who has been a fighter who is more of a stepping stone for other fighters than he is for his own career. While his older brother and trainer Dicky (played by Christian Bale) is teaching Micky what he needs to continue staying at the level he’s at, he’s also keeping him down by showing up hours late for the training matches and hurting his brother by being hooked on crack. Nothing in Mickys life seems to be going well for him after one of his matches gets changed to where he has to fight a boxer who is out of his league. With a lost fight, busted up face, and a broken spirit Micky begins to step away from his boxing career and his family. With the help of his new girlfriend Charlene Fleming (played by Amy Adams) Micky begins to get his life and boxing career back on track, only it might be a little too late and it might just end up tearing apart the family in the process.

My Take on The Fighter:
At first I thought that I was going to be getting into yet another movie based off some boxer that seemed to be a nobody who ended up being a somebody for one brief moment in time. Well, I was right, “The Fighter” is exactly that, a movie based off a guy who wasn’t making it in his life as a boxer, his family was trying to help him but was hurting him more then helping, while he has to deal with the fact that his brother is a junkie. Nothing really new for a plot line for a movie, even though it’s based off a true story, which only goes to show that life is more similar to a movie then is comfortable.
That was my first stray thoughts of the movie, by the time I made it half way through the movie I realized that it was a bit more then the normal boxer movie. From what I had seen about the movie before watching it I was thinking the movie would be mainly focused on the fighting, from him getting beat or not going anywhere with his fights to finally getting to the big fight. It’s not though, which is what makes this movie surprisingly good, is that the main focal point is the characters. The life of Micky Ward was a tough one I must say, a brother hooked on crack, a mother that seems to always know more than anyone else, sisters that back what the mother says, and the mother to his daughter who seems to want to hurt him by using the daughter against him. It’s the interactions between the characters that made “The Fighter” worth watching.

Now there was a moment near the end where I thought that the flow of the movie was going a little slow, but by that point it was only 11 minutes away from the ending and didn’t matter. Not a surprise to me either was how well Mark Wahlberg plays the character of Micky Ward. This is not the first time he’s had to be a character based off a true person whose story is inspiring to watch and it’s easily seen how well suited he is for this sort of role. Though I thought it was Christian Bale that steals the movie with his portrayal of the older brother. I don’t know anyone who is hooked on smoking crack but I sure believed that Christian Bale was doing it in this movie. It was Amy Adams that I wasn’t too impressed with in “The Fighter” but luckily enough she is not in the movie that much.

The Fights in The Fighter:
With this being a movie about boxing there should be a lot of fights through out it. Right? Well, don’t get your hopes up because there’s really not that many fights in “The Fighter” and the ones that are shown are really short. Where typical boxing movies only show moments of character development and long drawn out fight scenes, “The Fighter” only shows the few seconds of the end of a the fight. This was a very different take on a boxing movie and I liked it. For one reason it just cuts right to the heart of the moment of the scene instead of trying to make a moment that should only be seconds long last longer then it should.
Another thing about drawing out the fights the impact of the win/lose the character goes through is lesser where as here in “The Fighter” seeing Micky win/lose and then having to deal with it more while out of the ring made those few seconds of the fight have a huge feeling.

Though don’t get me wrong, even with short and few fight scenes in this movie it’s still a great inspiring style movie. By the time the end of the movie was happening and the main fight was taking place I enjoyed it 10 times more than I would have if the movie was just the usual fight after fight style movie. I also have to give Mark Wahlberg credit for making the fights look real. I’ve seen a lot of movies where the only thing connecting with the fighters was the air between them. Not the case here with these fights, the punches look real and better yet there’s no over doing of the blood from the cuts. It’s this underplayed make up that really brings the fights to a realistic feel.

How the Blu Ray Looks:
I got to say it was a really nice looking movie to watch. There’s so much that can be said about a Blu Ray that I haven’t said before or has been said by the promoters of them but it’s still true. This was a very crisp and clear looking movie to watch and with the cinematography that is done with the camera work, “The Fighter” looks just as good as the acting and plot of the movie is.

How the Blu Ray Sounds:
Sadly this was my only disliked aspect of the whole experience for me. With such great acting, great plot, great telling of the story, and a beautiful look to the movie, it’s the sound that ends up hurting it. For some reason when the music played it’s levels where much higher than the dialog. When I was trying to hear what was being said by the actors I had to turn up my volume but then it was if my volume was on high when the music played. There’s only a few moments like this that occur on the Blu Ray, but it was enough that it got on my nerves of having to turn up and down my volume.

 Last Thought:
 “The Fighter” is a movie that thrills, inspires, captures, and gets you punching in the air with the character and showing the world that not all boxing movies has to be mindless fights to be good.

Lee Roberts
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