Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Fighter (2010)

DomePonderingMovieReviewTheFighter What is it about?

The true story of boxer, “Irish” Micky Ward and his family, as he ascends to the top of the boxing world.

Who is in it?

Mark Wahlberg – Micky Ward

Christian Bale – Dickie Eklund

Amy Adams – Charlene Fleming

Melissa Leo – Alice Ward


Favorite Scene:


After realizing that the constant fighting and divisiveness has hurt Micky’s ability to train for his important fight, Dickie goes to Charlene’s house to convince her that Micky doesn’t need to choose between his family and his new training management, but he needs all of them to get along for what’s most important, his opportunity at the WBU Welterweight title.

Favorite Quote:

Mickey Ward: [after seeing the size of his opponent] That guy did not just get off the couch. If he did, I’m gonna get a couch like that.

Review:

The Fighter is a film that was expected to be good, however, after viewing it, it is much better than just good, it’s great. Surprisingly great, if that is possible upon watching an expectant good movie. A true story, The Fighter really shines through a cast from Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo who carried this film with superb acting. And to be honest, with sports, especially boxing, movies, it is very difficult to make a predictable plot into an amazing film. However, The Fighter pulled it off due to those four, no question. And while Wahlberg was the star of the film, the true talent in this film was Christian Bale playing the role of Dickie Eklund.

With most boxing movies, the Rocky series is the measuring stick and comparison bar. While Rocky was, and still is, one of the greatest sports films of all time, The Fighter joins Cinderella Man and Million Dollar Baby as boxing movies on par with Rocky. Sacrilegious? Highly doubtful if you see The Fighter. While it is the usual plot of rags-to-riches, The Fighter evokes a bigger story of brothers dealing with demons, conflict, and self realization to make a dream a reality.

All in all, your usual overcoming the odds boxing story, but well worth it due to the performances of Wahlberg, Bale, Adams, and Leo. A must-watch.

Grade: 4/5

Recently Read Posts

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 8/15/21

3 Up 1. Field of Dreams Game - I shared all of my thoughts on this event earlier this week, but it must be stated again, MLB (especially those who worked on the event directly) deserve sooooooo much props for the flawless event that it was. MLB has something special in this going forward, it's up to them how they decide to proceed.  2. Orion Jean from Texas - The week has been a tough one with so many world issues flooding our news timelines. This story out of Texas is the kind of story we need more of - there are so many people doing GOOD work out there, even ten-year-olds! God Bless you, Orion.  3. AEW Rampage - Another pondering topic this week - pro wrestling is on fire and much of it has to do with the company that has ALL the buzz - AEW. Rampage, their second show debuting this past Friday night, was just a big part of what the industry needs - and from rumors, we're getting even more awesomeness this week.  3 Down 1. Afghanistan - The reports were built all week long

Thanksgiving 2021: 5 Things I'm Thankful For

The season is upon us we all begin to reflect on the year, explore our deepest thoughts and feelings of gratitude, and express appreciation for the truer, more meaningful things in life.  I would be lying if I didn't admit that I am so incredibly excited for this holiday season. The combination of wanting the rest from what has been a demanding and exhausting semester (shout out to everyone in Student Affair realms and in Education around the country - hang in there), seeing these holidays through my son's eyes as he now understands and appreciates them, and my experiences over the last few years (losing my dad and the effects of the pandemic), all of it makes for an anticipated Holiday season - Thanksgiving included. I'm not quite sure what it is, or why the sudden feeling, but the need to express gratitude is even more abundant this year in my heart than it is has been. I have tried to remain more mindful over the last couple of months - being more present, spending energ

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 9/12/21

3 Up 1. September 11th Reflections - The time of the year always brings about a bundle of emotions. This year, the nice round number of 20 brings a milestone of remembrance and reflection. Here is to everyone who shared their thoughts, performed ceremonies, and honored the victims and heroes who should forever deserve it.  Just a quick note, here were some of my thoughts on 20 Years After 9/11 .