Title: The Fighter
Length: 115 minutes
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Tamasy, Johnson & Keith Dorrington
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo
Music: Michael Brook (but mostly non-original music)
Oscars: won for Best Supporting Actor (Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Leo); nominations for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Adams) and Best Editing
Synopsis: a promising boxer is held back by his overbearing family
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Story: Indifferent. You get no leniency in the Predictable And Obvious department for being a true story. On the contrary, being true means it’s even more predictable, since it must be a story that someone looked at and said, “why, that sounds like a movie!”
Pacing: Indifferent. It drags a lot in the middle, especially when the protagonist is unbearably passive.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. Holy crap. I haven’t seen The King’s Speech yet, but at this point Bale seems to me like a no-brainer for an Oscar.
Music: Indifferent. There’s a lot of great music, used very effectively. But then there’s the “Back in the Saddle” fight montage. Hilarious.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). There are a handful of very cliched moments, some so bad that it’s hard to believe they’re not meant as parody. But otherwise, it’s a great movie. Highly recommended.
Objective Rating: 3.0/4 (Good).