Life versus art in ‘The Fighter’

Posted by · 5:29 am · January 6th, 2011

You know by now how much I love “The Fighter” for its odd, jangly fusion of heightened realism and rah-rah studio formula, so it’s never struck me as particularly important how fact-faithful it remains in striking the balance. Still, I rather liked this video, which breaks down not only the liberties the film takes with the truth — but the unexpected loyalties too. As someone who knows slightly less about boxing than I do about aeronautical engineering, I was impressed to note the attention to physical detail in Mark Wahlberg’s under-appreciated performance. (Thanks to Craig Skinner for the link.)

Also worth passing along is the SoundWorks Collection profile of the film. Have a look at that after the jump.




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  • 1 1-06-2011 at 6:05 am

    Marv said...

    As a Boxing fan; and watcher of many of Mickey Ward’s fights; Mark Wahlberg had his signiture “left hook” down to a tee.

    As dramatic as that Neary fight seemed on film; believe it or not; it was close to that in real life. Super exciting Boxing match.

  • 2 1-06-2011 at 7:33 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    As a boxing fan, I wished the film would’ve ended with the first Gatti-Ward fight. But eh, you can’t have everything. Round 9 of that fight puts even all the fights in the Rocky movies to shame.

  • 3 1-06-2011 at 9:27 am

    Joseph said...

    As an art fan, it sounded pretty darned nitpicky (chewing gum. really?)

  • 4 1-06-2011 at 9:31 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Apologies to anyone who read this post earlier and thought it gibberish — a bunch of weird typos throughout.

  • 5 1-06-2011 at 9:38 am

    Maxim said...

    As an art fan, I think that the gum would have gone a long way in making the Amy’s character more distinctive.

    And sorry to blow your bubble but as a pun fan, I don’t think that paying attention to gum is a big stretch as it is a big sticking point. Chew on that.

  • 6 1-06-2011 at 11:02 am

    Joseph said...

    Your ex-spearmint in puns is admirable, Maxim.

  • 7 1-06-2011 at 12:26 pm

    Pope said...

    Hmmmmmmmm, interesting find Guy. I already thought this movie was pretty respectable/quite solid, but this has increased my appreciation for it greatly.