and sometimes poetry

The Fighter (2010) | Review by Hannah Brooks-Motl

Our religious experience arrived when, about an hour or so into The Fighter, Mark Whalberg brings his new girlfriend Amy Adams to meet his family. They live in Lowell, which looks exactly like Massachusetts always looks in Hollywood—gray, grim, and beat-up. The family is grim too and there’s this shot of all his sisters sitting in two rows on the couch while his leathery mom stands by chain smoking in one of those plaid leotards the Arizona Jean Company used to sell. The women are possibly the ugliest females ever to be featured in a major Hollywood film. Big haired, squat featured, they ooze homeliness like facial grease from their adult-onset acne. Later in the movie, they and Amy Adams get in a huge girl fight that does not last long enough. Amy Adams, who looks pasty and yet beautiful, punches one of Mark Whalberg’s sisters in the face repeatedly, all the while yelling such inspired expletives as “You fucking cock sucking bitch how d’you like that you whore.” Everyone speaks in the heavy vowels of eastern Mass, and most of them could use a shower and perhaps some conditioner in their ‘dos. We were enthralled.

Christian Bale will probably be described as “stealing the show” in reviews, and he does jump around a lot, yammering on and on about some fight with Sugar Ray Leonard he won, or lucked into winning. Generally he is not as supportive a crack-head brother/trainer as Mark Whalberg deserves. There are all sorts of things we could add, but basically: this is a boxing-family-drama. There is boxing and there is family. Also there is really excellent use of the Whitesnake hit “Here I Go Again.” We’re watching the original music video for it on youtube now…girls doing splits on cars… flamboyant mic stand moves… just endless rivers of the softest hair…this tangent should in no way be taken as some sort of sign that The Fighter wasn’t awesome on every level, that its punishing boxing scenes weren’t so realistically rendered that we, and a very vocal minority in the theater behind us, felt like we were actually ring-side; don’t go thinking that The Fighter disappointed us in any way, that it failed to sharpen or lay bare our own understanding of perseverance, or forgiveness, or the vicissitudes of family, the dynamic exchange of self-sibling-parent. Nope. Totally did all those things. Go see this movie if you never want to forget where you came from, and the people who got you to the theater the day you go see this movie.

Advertisements

10 responses

  1. Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological world all is presented on web?

    April 2, 2013 at 4:03 am

  2. First of all I would like to say excellent blog! I had
    a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself
    and clear your thoughts before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.

    I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15
    minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any suggestions or hints? Kudos!

    July 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

  3. It’s impressive that you are getting thoughts from this paragraph as well as from our argument made at this place.

    July 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

  4. I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this web site on regular basis to take updated from latest news update.

    July 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

  5. What’s up, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was helpful. Keep on posting!

    August 2, 2013 at 1:34 am

  6. Still others work at the cellular level to initiate healthy changes in our bodies.
    Glucomannan has a particular means to soak up water and swell inside
    the stomach. I appeared into Adiphene to find the reality about its fats- and calorie-burning results.

    June 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm

  7. And the Google Content Network can pull up many advertising targeting
    techniques notwithstanding the fact that you have a massive
    inventory of text and image ads spread across the many websites on the internet.
    People have different views, but you can never know who
    to trust. Google reckons that this will improve the search process and save
    you time.

    June 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  8. Still others work at the cellular level to initiate healthy changes in our
    bodies. These substances are designed to help the body do what it
    naturally does, solely somewhat faster. Uptil now no individual has actually been captured with any negative effects.

    June 18, 2014 at 1:02 am

  9. So why is being overweight such a direct link to diabetes.

    Individuals who have underlying medical condition should also
    consult a physician before taking this diet pill. Adiphene Weight Loss
    Supplements Offers a Unique 25% Discount n select package
    fr Online B Worldwide If the online critiques are something
    to go by, Adiphene is an efficient weight-loss option.

    June 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

  10. Still others work at the cellular level to initiate
    healthy changes in our bodies. Glucomannan has a particular means
    to soak up water and swell inside the stomach. Uptil now no individual has actually been captured with
    any negative effects.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:18 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s