Thursday, March 3, 2011
I watched The Fighter not long ago at our little local theater, knowing I'd love it in advance. Set in working-class Massachusetts and centered around boxing and dysfunctional families, it couldn't help but make me swoon. Bonus—while I watched I pretended that it was the inaccurate film adaptation of one of my erotica-writing alter ego's 2010 novellas. "The Fighter: Cara McKenna's Willing Victim (without all the shady bedroom role-playing) now a major motion picture starring Mark Wahlberg!"
Starring Mark Wahlberg—who did an amazing job as boxer Mickey Ward—but Bale really stole the show. He plays Micky's older brother Dicky, a former fighter turned crack addict, and his performance is just brilliant. If you like down-and-out romance and family life, boxing, comebacks and long-shots, or simply the dulcet tones of a Massachusetts accent, do see it.
The film doesn't showcase Bale at his foxiest, but here's the trailer anyhow, since I have such a mad crush on the movie: