Since back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark...
I go through Mark Wahlberg phases. The last time I went through a big one was after seeing Steve Carrell and Tina Fey's comedy-adventure, Date Night. Wahlberg played the ever-buff, the ever-suave, the ever-shirtless Holbrooke Grant.
Might I just say... yum.
I'm going through another Wahlberg phase, scouring my movie shelves for anything I own that he's been in, prepping for a Marky Mark Marathon someday soon. I might even listen to "Good Vibrations", too.
So what brought on this new Wahlberg phase, you ask?
On Monday, I rented the critically-acclaimed, award-winning drama The Fighter, which is based on a true story. Wahlberg plays the lead role of "Irish" Micky Ward, a down-on-his-luck boxer living in the shadow of his much louder, much more entertaining brother Dickie, played by Christian Bale (and holy mother, no wonder the dude won awards for his performance. uh-may-zing.)
Dickie once took down Sugar Ray Leonard years ago and had his 15 minutes. But now he trains his brother and yaps constantly about his comeback, which everyone knows is an unrealistic dream because he now dwells in a world of drugs and crime. Micky's career is bogged down by poor choices made by his white trash family - his mother as his manager, his brother as his trainer, and his eleventy-billion sisters who trail after him as his fan club.
It isn't until Dickie is thrown in jail and Micky's new strong-willed, sharp-tongued girlfriend Charlene (played by Amy Adams in a stark contrast to her usual sweet, cutesy roles) convinces him to make important changes to his management, that he begins to climb the ladder of success in the boxing world.
Gotta say, I loved this flick. Not just because Mark Wahlberg has big muscles and takes his shirt off a lot. Not just because I've always had a soft spot for boxing movies.
It's a great story. A sad story, a bittersweet story, and yet also a story of hope, and family, and making dreams come true. The acting in it was brilliant, especially by Bale, and by Melissa Leo who played Micky's mother, Alice.
And...well... I have a soft spot for boxing movies. And Mark Wahlberg has big muscles and takes his shirt off a lot. Really, you can't go wrong.
If you haven't seen it already, go rent it.
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