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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

The new trailer for The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams isn’t bad, it’s just not very original. To be fair, it IS based on the true story of “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his older half-brother/trainer Dickie Eklund (Christian Bale) so it has some credibility. Many of the scenes are filmed in the exact same places the events really happened. But you just can’t make a boxing movie about a nobody tough-guy with a thick accent becoming a big-time boxer, without it being compared to Rocky. You also can’t make the primary story line about the clash between a boxer and his brother/trainer without it being compared to Raging Bull. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you’re not allowed to make boxing movies anymore, but there should at least be something original about it. Million Dollar Baby for example, showed a female-boxer and highlighted touchy subjects relating to death. Ali was about the quintessential boxer and his fascinating life not only in boxing but his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. In contrast, I’m not really sure what The Fighter brings to the table that we haven’t already seen. Of course we only have the trailer and not the entire film. The cast, in my opinion, is excellent. Amy Adams was a joy to watch in Sunshine Cleaning and I’m sure she’s an asset to the film. Whatever you think of Christian Bale personally, it’s hard to deny that he’s been in some good action movies. I’m curious to see how he does in a role that is probably more challenging than he’s used to. Mark Wahlberg will probably do an adequate job playing a boxer. He’s always been pretty good at playing the tough-asshole but not much else. The big negatives are the writers. IMDB credits 3 people, 1 of which hasn’t written anything previously, and the other 2 are the geniuses behind such classics as 8 Mile and Air Bud. Originally the film was supposed to be directed by Darren Aronofsky but now we have David O. Russell who made I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings (both of which starred Mark Wahlberg). That’s a pretty big downgrade but not horrible. At this point I expect a competent, if unoriginal, boxing movie that will adequately waste an afternoon at the movies. Maybe I’ll rent it.

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)