After Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) knocked Sugar Ray Leonard down in a fight (Dicky still lost), he became known as the “Pride of Lowell.” His half brother, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) grew up in Dicky’s shadow and does some boxing of his own. When a manager offers to work with Micky, it causes a rift in the family because he has to agree to exclude his mother and Dicky from his training.
My friend and I decided to go see The Fighter because of it’s Oscar buzz. Before we went, we both said we’re not fans of boxing or boxing movies, but we were curious about the movie since it garnered seven Oscar nominations. We both ended up enjoying the movie, because it’s not really a boxing movie – it’s a movie about loyalty, determination and family. Micky and Dicky’s mother, Alice, had children (9, I think) with 3 different men and what a family they are! They’re rough, tough, fiercely loyal, and have potty mouths like you wouldn’t believe! I seriously don’t think I’ve heard a certain word used so many times in one movie in my life. They were very creative in their use of the word too.
Even with all the foul language, I enjoyed The Fighter. Alice may have been rough around the edges, but she obviously did her best for her children and loved them almost to a fault. Micky’s determination and transformation was wonderful to watch.
The acting in this movie was top notch – I think everyone was perfectly cast – so I can see why it’s gotten so many Oscar nominations. If you enjoy movies based on true stories or underdog stories, you’re sure to enjoy The Fighter.