The Fighter is based on the true story of boxer Mickey Ward and the relationship he had with his brother, who had frequent run-ins with the police.
Mickey Ward only retired a few years back from boxing, but he had a great career, primarily because of his trilogy of fights with Arturo Gatti, with whom he had some of the best boxing matches of all time.
The film will mostly deal with Ward and his brother Dickie. Mickey and Dickie. Wow.
Anyways, Dickie had more than his fair share of drug and police problems, but he was able to mostly turn his life around based on helping train Mickey to be a champ. No doubt the film will be quite inspirational, as Ward got by being one of the toughest fighters ever, and really battled his way up.
David O. Russell is directing, and you’ll probably know some of his work from films like I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings. The writing has me a bit worried, as there are four writers currently accredited on the film, with three it appears acting as producers and having come up with the story. The screenplay itself was written by Scott Silver, who wrote The Mod Squad (yeah, THAT Mod Squad) and 8 Mile. So he has a fair bit of experience writing screenplays for films with stories firmly set in place.
You can never have too many chefs in the kitchen.
Who’s It For?
No rating yet, but likely either PG-13 or R.
Movie Release Date
December 10, 2010.
Who’s In It?
Christian Bale … Dickie Eklund
Mark Wahlberg … ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward
Amy Adams … Charlene
Melissa Leo … Alice
Robert Wahlberg … Prison Guard
Dendrie Taylor … Gail ‘Red Dog’ Eckland Carney
Dickie Eklund (the older half-brother) was a professional fighter who once boxed Sugar Ray Leonard.
Rocky, The Town, Three Kings
What’s Good About It?
I’m a fan of Mickey Ward. If the film is half as good as he was a boxer, then it could be cool. The film is getting a limited released shortly before the end of the year, meaning the producers have some faith that it will get some Oscar buzz.
What’s Bad About It?
I really don’t like the Boston accent, and I feel like it’s being overused as of late. I know Hollywood likes making films with retards, but come ON!
Our Clever Prediction
Unless it gets some Oscar nominations, I doubt it’ll do very well. Still, a true story, and an inspiring one at that, about a boxer making it to the big time while his brother overcomes addiction? It just sounds like Oscar bait. It should get some good critical buzz and I think a few noms are coming its way.