The Fighter

Do you have someone who will fight to the death for you?

No, I’m not speaking in the sense fathers-in-law use to question their sons-in-law-to-be.  Nor, quite literally, am I writing of the way William Wallace fought to the death for his country and his right as a man to be free…

Instead, I’m asking you if you are down for the second time in the 12th round, and you’re ready to throw in the towel, does your friend hop into the ring and finish the match for you?

Enter The Fightera beautiful film by director David O. Russell, known for Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees.

For those of you who have seen the film, you will know that Dickie Ward was the one who really needed someone to fight for him. He thought he was fighting for his brother, portrayed by Marky-Mark – Mark Wahlberg. But when someone stepped into the ring to battle for the Ward family for the final time, it was thirty year old Mickey Ward.

The film is beautiful. I highly recommend it. Now most of you are probably thinking, “Really, another boxing film? What about the one w/Russell Crowe? Haven’t we seen this story a thousand times since Rocky?”

The answer is a resounding “NO!” As I began to relay to you earlier, The Fighter paints a picture of what it means to be a true brother, a good man, a great fighter who will step into the ring for family, not for foolish pride, or money but for the people in his life that truly matter.

So, if you want a film that will make you re-think your commitments to those you love and might cause you to recognize some things in them that are worth fighting for, I highly recommend this one. You WILL NOT be disappointed. In fact, it might get added to your top ten list!

For director David O. Russel this is a tour-de-force. Having seen two other films he directed, I can say he shows his stripes in all three. He is no flake as a director. However, I think this film rises to a new level of excellence. The way he seamlessly intertwines complicated plot lines, and keeps us guessing as to who is fighting for whom, who the good brother is, who the good guy is, who is the hero we want to root for, is pitch-perfect. He has truly RE-CREATED the philosophy of the fighter, the heart undergirding and filling up all of his punches.  I can’t say enough good things about this director. I hope to get the pleasure of working w/him some day in the future.

I hope you have enjoyed this review. I trust you will find as much pleasure in viewing the film as I have.

Happy viewing,

Kyle

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