There’s a lot to love about this trailer for David O. Russell’s The Fighter, starting with the fact that it’s directed by David O. Russell (Three Kings, Spanking The Monkey, Flirting With Disaster). It’s based on a true story:
A drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Micky, with Christian Bale as brother Dicky, and they both look at the top of their respective games. Amy Adams plays Wahlberg’s love interest, as an added bonus. Check the trailer:
I’m in. For one thing, I generally just love boxing movies. I love the sport, though I watch it less than I once did. I’ve seen pretty much every boxing movie ever, from the best ones like Rocky, Raging Bull and The Great White Hope, to the goofy ones like Gladiator and The Great White Hype. The story looks great. Wahlberg, when he’s not wasting our time in crap like Four Brothers, can be pretty amazing, and Bale is Bale.
And I won’t lie — the shot of Amy Adams in her unmentionables didn’t hurt.
But in all seriousness, the film is already getting early award buzz, for what that’s worth. Me, I’m just excited for it in general. Plus, it’s filmed in Boston, and it gives me an excuse for this: