Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Germain Lussier
This post contains SPOILERS for the final scene of The Fighter. If you haven’t seen the movie but plan to (and we suggest you do), you probably should bookmark and come back watch this later.
From Raging Bull to The Hurricane and Ali, boxing movies always tend to over dramatize the sport. They sort of have to because, by nature, boxing is usually a slow, cerebral back and forth with only moments of intense explosion. Fictional stories, like Rocky or The Champ, can get away with the over-the-top action but the non-fiction films have a smaller margin for error because the real fights are out there. For years, filmmakers have been getting away with dialing up the action but, in 2011, things aren’t as easy.
In today’s digital world, with home editing equipment and YouTube so prevalent, non-fiction movies better be on guard. For example, YouTube user Kevin E. Lee did some impressive editing to both praise and shun David O. Russell‘s Oscar-contender The Fighter for its accuracies and inaccuracies during the climactic fight that pits Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg, against Shea Neary (Anthony Molinari). This video blew my mind. You’ve got to check it out. Read More »