"The Fighter"

Monday, March 21, 2011

I've never been a big movie/film person; I'm definitely more of a music person. It wasn't until I became editor of the Arts & Leisure section of the school paper that I began seeing more than 2 or 3 movies at the theater a year! And then when I graduated, that number promptly fell back to 2 or fewer. These days, I am so tired and my free time is so precious that I rarely have the time or patience to sit through a 90-minute movie.

The last time I found myself at the theater, I saw the trailer for The Fighter and knew immediately that I wanted to see it. Funny, because for the most part, I'm not one for sports movies, and there is something pretty off-putting to me about Christian Bale. To be perfectly honest, I think it was Amy Adams who drew me to this movie. Judging solely from the trailer, there was something extremely charming about her in the role.

I was really hankering for a good ole "Masshole"y movie this weekend (maybe I've been reminiscing a tad bit about spring in Massachusetts), so I finally watched The Fighter and really enjoyed it. There was something different about this viewing experience to me -- usually while I am watching, I am judging and forming critiques in my mind. But not so for this one ... I just sat back and watched. I found the film to be really palatable, an easy watch without being mind-numbing. It didn't hurt that the cast was so attractive, particularly the Wahlberg-Adams pair.

My only gripe with it was the final fighting scene -- I know it's all based on a true story, but it just seemed so improbable. I like a good, grimy, squirming-in-the-mud challenge before a true happy ending but hey, apparently life doesn't always work out that way. But we DO get one good line out of it: "Sometimes if you wanna win, you need to be something that you're not." Simple, but often forgotten.

Believe it or not, I think this was the first time I'd ever seen Mark Wahlberg act. What a pretty face. And how far he's come from his angry Marky Mark days ...





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