Monday, December 20, 2010

Review: The Fighter

The Fighter opens with Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) sitting on a couch talking about their relationship for a documentary film crew.  "Taught him everything he knows,"  Eklund informs us, looking as excitable as a pop-eyed stick figure. The scene is our introduction to the brothers.  Micky, the younger of the two, idolizes Dicky.  See, Dicky once downed Sugar Ray Leonard in a match.  He's got an outdated reputation as the pride of their hometown.  About three minutes into the movie and you realize that what you'll be getting isn't anything like what the almost drippingly sentimental, overly inspirational trailer was selling.  This is a David O. Russell film.  In the wake of I Heart Huckabees, he hasn't taken to extremes to play The Fighter totally straight.  There's humor here, actual entertainment...

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