Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review - The Fighter

Mark Wahlberg, I’ll make you a deal. If you promise to never make another movie where I’m expected to take you seriously, I’ll stop reminding you of your proper place in the bigger picture by calling you Marky Mark. This production starts out as a cookie-cutter bit of grit about a boxer from a poor Boston neighborhood who beats the odds and makes it big. But even the relatively modest expectations for such a picture swiftly fall afoul of production flaws. For example, Christian Bale is obviously trying to do the Robert DeNiro serious actor weight gain/loss thing, but here because the scenes were obviously shot out of sequence Bale’s character shows up junkie thin in parts where he shouldn’t have been. Perhaps if I had more of a weakness for hard luck boxing movies I would have enjoyed this more. Mildly amusing

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