Director: David O. Russell
Writers: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, & Eric Johnson
So when I first saw the trailer for this a few months ago I kind of rolled my eyes at it. I love love love David O. Russell and it has a great cast but in terms of what I was seeing it just looked like underdog boxing story as usual. But of course I had to see it for myself and that I did and while it does have a lot of the usual boxing movie elements the acting and family story line elevate it to something a little more.
Mark Wahlberg, while the lead, isn’t the most interesting person in the movie. Christian Bale as his crack addicted former boxer brother Dicky pretty much steals the show along with Melissa Leo as Alice Ward. While it is definitely Micky Ward’s (Wahlberg) story Dicky and & Alice are what give the movie a unique flavor. Bale complete disappears into the character, a shell of a man with his wild eyes, thinning hair, and emaciated frame. But it is Bale after all, when does he ever play anyone like himself. Definitely one of the best, if not the best, performances I saw in a 2010 movie.
The movie itself is good but it has a little something off about it that I can’t really explain. It has the drama and it has it’s heart in the right place but in the middle act it kind of loses itself and feels a little draggy. Overall though those problems are mostly forgiven by the excellent cast.