Director David O. Russell’s The Fighter looks as though it could be a tough contender come Oscar season.
The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, depicts boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s difficult rise to success in the ring. Although audiences have seen this plot before (all six Rocky films, Cinderella Man and The Wrestler, to name a few), almost everyone likes an underdog story.
The Fighter may stand out from the rest in its genre, however, due to the relationship between Ward (Wahlberg) and his half-brother, Dickie Eklund (Bale.)
Eklund, a famous boxer in the 1970s and 1980s, retired in 1985 and became Ward’s trainer. In the trailer, Eklund appears to be fighting his own battles outside the ring—most notably with the law. Judging by the sight of Bale’s slender frame, The Fighter will also chronicle Eklund’s crack-cocaine addiction.
The brothers’ tumultuous relationship should be a great showcase for the acting talents of Wahlberg and Bale—hopefully leading to Bale’s first, long-overdue Oscar nomination. Adams, as Ward’s neighborhood squeeze, will also get to show a grittier side of her personality than audiences have seen in Enchanted and Junebug.
Russell, a frequent collaborator with Wahlberg, is another reason why The Fighter is a must-see movie. Russell, whose work includes Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees, has yet to make a critically panned film. He is one of Hollywood’s most passionate directors and a force which which to be reckoned.
Following the impressive trailer, The Fighter will hopefully be a winner when it comes to theaters Dec. 10, 2010. Check out the trailer below.