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In fairness to the boxing scenes, the real "Irish" Mickey Ward was a welterweight, IE: a 140 lb. guy, so neither he nor any of the guys he fought were ever heavy hitters. And in fairness to Mark Wahlberg, through the larger half of the movie, he was the guy in his brother's shadow.
Granted, the movie isn't as epic as its trailers evidently want us to believe it is, but it's still one of the year's best films I think. A full price to say the least.
This movie has permanently ruined for me ever since I heard the awful, downright depressing news that Russell is directing the Uncharted movie...with Mark FUCKING Wahlberg as goddamn Nathan Drake. Fucking ridiculous. I just can't enjoy watching this movie knowing that somewhere out in the world, Mark Wahlberg is trying to be Nathan Fillion.
Just saw this yesterday and it was a really good movie, however I didn't care for mark wahlberg not so much cause i don't think he can act he tends to have range to act in some movies and then doesn't care for others, but christian bale stole the film for me i wanted to watch his character go through all the shit he was going through. considering the fact i never saw any of these fights and only heard of him through interviews with mark wahlberg the fights looked realistic in every aspect, the directing was really good considering david o. Russel hasn't made anything that really stands out in my mind. (didn't care for three kings)
Just saw this movie, it's fuckin great.
Rock-solid movie. The editing style and music choices reminded me of Scorsese's movies quite a bit. Those elements plus the whole big family ensemble dynamic made me think of Goodfellas throughout the movie. I thought the film was just really solid entertainment overall.
You guys didn't mention how great Amy Adams is in this! Her performance is a total 180 from her typical reserved-quiet-girl style of acting. Not to say that her usual acting method is bad; I love her in practically everything she does (save for Leap Year.)
Russell does a really great job of keeping the film moving with great editing tactics and lively pacing. There isn't a boring frame in this film. The story is somewhat familiar, but the great performances and writing elevate the movie to greatness. One of the year's best. I can't decide if I was more impressed this year by James Franco's amazing performance as a free-spirited hiker or by Christian Bale's portrayal of a crackhead boxer. Those are my top two picks for best actor!
Awesome movie, I saw it tonight and it blew me away, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale both gave great performances
I do love what they did with the film. I was only there for the fight scenes, yet when i saw the movie, i wanted to see more of the family trials and tribulations instead. So it surprised me that I was always looking forward to more of the personal side (even during the fights).
Its cool you were watching Batman like that lol...the depressed Batman. "The Dark Depression"...but yea, definitely a Must See movie, not sure if you've seen it yet or not, but you'll love it.
I'm still amazed by the performances though, mainly Bale and Leo.
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