T’is the season to check out some fantastic new flicks! Not sure why the movie making powers-that-be decided Christmas was a great time for new releases but I love it. Just wish I had time to catch all the latest films. Fortunately, I DID get the opportunity to see one of them last week: THE FIGHTER – staring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.
Here’s the trade synopsis:
“The Fighter” tells the true story of Boston fighter “Irish” Micky Ward and how he was helped to the world lightweight championship by half-brother and his trainer Dicky Ecklund.
Ecklund was a journeyman fighter who sent Sugar Ray Leonard to the canvas in 1978. His career was derailed by drug addiction and a prison sentence. Upon his release, he convinced his younger brother, Ward – who had retired from boxing at 26 after losing four straight – to get back in the ring. Under Ecklund’s tutelage, Ward won the WBU Light Welterweight title and engaged in one of the greatest fight trilogies in history with Arturo Gatti. Wahlberg plays Ward, a fighter who was losing bouts and was ready to hang up the gloves when his brother came back into his life. Ecklund turned his life around and helped his underperforming brother find the spark for a remarkable run that led to the world title. Bale plays Ecklund, whose drugs and robbery spree drew him a 10- to 15-year sentence in state prison. There, he kicked drugs, became a model prisoner and emerged as a changed man who helped his brother reach the glory that eluded him.
Okay. Nice tidy synopsis but it only tells part of the story. I’ll admit I was a little reluctant to see THE FIGHTER because, well, fighting is not really my thing. But this story was rich with personal relationships, a fantastic love story, gritty, true life characters and more charm than one of my fat cats. I loved it. And I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to indulge in a great drama, a smattering of laugh-out-loud humor, Mark Walhberg RIPPED, and Amy Adams as you’ve never seen her – a rough, tough, edgy ‘burg’ babe who can hold her own in any rough crowd.
Anyone out there seen it? If so, let me know what you think. How about other holiday releases? What have you seen? What do you want to see? One lucky commenter will receive a super cool OVO Digital Photo Viewer with alarm clock as a prize! I was recently given one and I love it so much I want to share!!