It’s been quite a while since director David O. Russell actually completed a movie. His last film was 2004’s I Heart Huckabees, and for years he was struggling to finish a political comedy called Nailed, but after all kinds of production delays, financial problems and conflicts with actors, he was finally forced to throw in the towel. Fortunately, he then climbed on board The Fighter, a project that was initially intended for Darren Aronofsky, and it looks like this has the potential to re-establish his reputation as a brilliant filmmaker rather than just a loose cannon.
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as “Irish” Micky Ward, a real boxer from the 1980s who is regarded as a working class hero in Massachusetts. Christian Bale stars as his half-brother Dickie Eklund, a former pro fighter who became his trainer, while Amy Adams plays his wife Charlene. This has all the elements necessary to become another solid entry in a long line of great boxing movies, and it’s nice to see Mark Wahlberg back in a well cast role that reminds us he can actually act. While it would have been interesting to see what Aronofsky would have done with it, I’m not complaining one bit. The Fighter hits theatres on December 10th; check out the trailer after the jump.