Film #20: THE FIGHTER
3 out of 5 stars
There’s no denying that the acting in THE FIGHTER is top notch. Christian Bale’s portrayal of the crack-addicted, has-been brother, Dickie, is a literal textbook for aspiring actors and is something thespians will be talking about for years to come. The other cast as well display an incredible level of expertise here (the chorus of harpy sisters and Samantha Leo particularly). I grew up with people like this and their performances brought back a deep and unabiding hatred in me of those people. So, job well done there. Sadly though, THE FIGHTER’s story is one that you have seen quite literally hundreds of times before. It is a by-the-book “success from adversity” tale and it brings (true or not) virtually nothing new to the table. Also, the boxing shown in film is REALLY “Hollywood” and not all that believable. I mean some of the fighting in this film makes ROCKY 4 look plausible. Still, THE FIGHTER is a decent enough sports film and, again, the acting in it is something to behold. I’m just not sure it deserved a Best Picture nomination.