The Fighter really is a knock-out

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SOME actors just take your breath away with how good they really are, and Christian Bale is one of those actors.

Ever since he shed all that weight to play Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, I knew there had to be something about this guy.

And in The Fighter, he’s done it again.

The Fighter is a biographical sports film that centres on the life of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), and his older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Bale), who once knocked down Sugar Ra7y Lennon in a fight – but everyone else says he tripped.

Bale lost weight to look like a drug addict and he studied his character Dicky until he got the voice and mannerisms down to a T.

It’s not until the credits when you see the real-life Micky and Dicky that you realise how alike they are – and it is staggeringly good.

Micky is an Irish-American welterweight boxer from a working class family in Lowell, Massachusetts. Managed by his mother, Alice Ward (Melissa Leo), and trained by crack addict Dicky, Micky has had a less than successful career.

After Micky is forced to fight a boxed 18 pounds heavier than him, he forms a relationship with Charlene Fleming, played by Amy Adams who really goes all out to destroy the stereotype she had been becoming.

Then when Dicky gets arrested and Micky gets his hand broken, it looks like it’s all gone a bit pear shaped, until Micky gets a new manager, Sal LoNano, and returns to fighting.

This is a great film, even for someone like me that isn’t a massive boxing fan.

Wahlbery, Bale and Adams are all outstanding, and make this film what it is.