Top positive review
on 2 June 2017
“The Fighter,” is David O. Russell’s first foray into films working class families. He tells the true story of Micky Ward, a boxer trained by his drug-addicted brother and managed by his oblivious mother. When Micky meets a girl that thinks he should upgrade his staff to have a chance at winning, he fights his family to get what he wants. The main reason for the change is because Micky’s brother, Dickey, is so strung out on drugs he doesn't show up to train Micky and at one point goads him into fighting someone outside his weight; a fight that Micky loses. Dickey is also having a documentary made about himself, he tells everyone it's for his comeback but it turns out it's about his crack addiction.
While parts of “The Fighter,” were questionable (namely the portrayal of Micky and Dickey’s sisters as a gang of angry jealous losers who fall in line together against anyone who opposes them), it's a well-made film. Wahlberg does his usual aw-shucks jock character and Bale transforms to a desperate sociopathic addict seamlessly.