|The Fighter tells the true story of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his drug-addict brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) in the early years of Ward's career. Eklund is a former pro boxer himself and has been training Ward in hopes of him going pro. As Dicky slips further into his crack addiction, he becomes more and more unreliable, but their mother Alice (Melissa Leo), who acts as Micky's manager, won't let him fire Dicky. When Micky falls for bartender Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams), she teaches him how to stand up to his family and look out for his own interests for a change.|
With an excellent cast and a compelling storyline, The Fighter is both entertaining and engaging. By the final scene, audiences will find themselves cheering as if they were actually at Ward's fights in the early 1980s. The reason the film succeeds is due to its stellar cast. After years of excellent work, Christian Bale finally earns his first Oscar nomination, and he deserves it. From his perfect Boston accent, to his realistic portrayal of crack addiction, Bale nails this role, and Oscar will reward him for it. Melissa Leo and Amy Adams are fantastic and feisty in their supporting roles. Melissa Leo won many of the pre-Oscar awards, but in recent weeks has come under fire for her campaigning for the award. As can happen when two performers from the same film are nominated in the same category, Leo and Adams will likely split the film's support and the award will go to Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit.