The Fighter

The Fighter

Not the best - but good enough - Slick

5 Points

Viewer Rating:Slick has rated The Fighter rating: 0.5 Star

Y'know the hype but it's off beam, and with Wahlberg starring a disappointment. No Raging Bull or Rocky....not even Cinderalla Man; just an even but worthy telling of Irish-American boxer Micky Ward. It's just too dammit predictable, and the depth of characterisation is far from engrossing. Most characters are wasted, the boxing sequences not engaging, and although Bale is outstanding as the has-been addict, he's left outstanding, on his own. You're left wondering what went wrong, the screenplay, direction, editing, soundtrack...pick your pleasure. I don't want to run it down but cinema has fallen over the cliff with the Lehmann brothers - if Salt 2 is the best to look forward to, although entertaining, it's a long way from i.e. the Shawshank Redemption, Jaws, etc., latterly Bourne escapades. If Hollywood has given itself to magnificent cartoonery where now can we find the brilliance of the Shining..or is cinema now for the under 25's? Glum outlook!?!

Review published on the 14 February 2011 01:00


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