The Fighter (R) 114 minutes B+
A Junkie's Promise
Starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo
The Fighter is a familiar film, I hate to say it reminded me of the Rocky Balboa films of the late 70's and 80's but it did. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing, Rocky had his day and The Fighter will as well.
A destructive, meddlesome family he loves, an irresistible midriff baring girlfriend, a gang of sisters with big hair, feathered hairdos and more bleach than a Clorox factory, the shadow of his drug riddled brother and a David vs Goliath shot at the title. The film is equal parts grit, nostalgia, drama and good old fashion beat downs.
In the end it displays a surprising amount of heart and is sure to win over most audiences not opposed to the sure violence of boxing and a little crackhead humor.