Video Reactions: AFI's Surprise World Premiere of 'The Fighter'
by Alex Billington
November 10, 2010
Last night AFI Fest, one of Los Angeles' premium film festivals, hosted a surprise world premiere of David O. Russell's The Fighter, the boxing film starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Based on a true story, it follows two Massachusetts brothers, one a former boxer and drug addict, the other a younger rising boxer, Mickey Ward, who in the late 90's went on to when a title with the help of his brother. It's another triumphant boxing movie, but it's damn good, great I would even say, but not amazing. After the premiere, Peter and Germain from SlashFilm and I recorded a video of our reactions, which you can watch below.
First things first, Christian Bale deserves the Oscar for his performance in this. From the trailers, I had a feeling he was going to be amazing, and he was. He completely transforms himself into Dickie Eklund and gives one of the best performances I've ever seen from him. I will undoubtedly be rooting for him next year. With that said, check out the video below to hear more thoughts on The Fighter from Peter, Germain and I.
The big question every seems to be asking about The Fighter is if it's good enough to make it on my Top 10 of the year. My first impression is to say no, but just barely, plus I still have to see a few remaining films left this year. It's definitely up there, it's a great film that I enjoyed quite a bit, but it's not as incredible as some stuff I've seen, like The King's Speech and Black Swan. The biggest selling point of this is its performances, from Bale to Wahlberg to Amy Adams as his feisty girlfriend to Melissa Leo as the mother of the family, they're all exceptional. Each and every one brings something great to the table to make up this solid boxing drama. My complaints with the film involve David O. Russell's direction, which felt completely lackluster and void of a unique edge. However, The Fighter is worth seeing, so check it out in theaters in December.