Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Go See: The Fighter

On average, I am blown away by one film a year and this year, already, I nominate "The Fighter" as taking that honor. Last year it was "The Social Network" and did I not predict Oscar noms for that film. Come on, hello! I recently saw (since I'm still behind on all the Oscar nominated and Oscar winning films) what was a freaking brilliant performance by not just the ever-so-talented character actor, Christian Bale, but a kick-ass performance by Mark Wahlberg, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.

I was surprised that David O. Russell directed this as I think of quirky comedies when he comes to mind such as "I Heart Huckabees" (wait, didn't you remember that Mark Wahlberg was also in this flick?) or the Ben Stiller comedy "Flirting with Disaster". But let's not forget that he directed the war drama, "Three Kings" starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark love affair brewing non-stop here!) and Ice Cube. I noticed that Mr. Darren Aronofsky is an executive producer of this film. Come on, Darren, aren't you getting enough attention from your little ballet film, ahem, "Black Swan"?

I find this film even more intriguing as it's based on the real story of the famous boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund . Rumor has it that Christian Bale never broke character, even when he wasn't filming. And it was all worth it as he won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Melissa Leo won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Check out the trailer - and catch this film while it's still in the theaters.