The Fighter delivers great performances, but fails to pack a punch.
David O. Russel’s The Fighter is less about the boxing and more about the drama and struggle outside of the ring. Most of the film’s substance comes from the dynamics between the family of Micky Ward (Wahlberg). With such fine actors filling these roles and delivering great performances, this provides for an interesting drama. You’re left to watch as this self-destructive family can overcome the shortcomings that threaten to tear them apart, all manifested in the family’s infatuation with boxing and Micky’s career. And yes, that’s Micky without an E as Ward diligently points out in the film.