One of the biggest question marks for the upcoming Oscar season is whether or not David O. Russell’s The Fighter will be a competitor (pun intended). Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg have the potential to be major contenders for acting Oscars and David O. Russell’s outside of the box direction could bring this film in a new direction and give us an unconventional boxing movie.
We finally get our first glimpse from the film with the premiere of its trailer on iTunes today and my initial reaction is that it does not look like a David O. Russell movie. The performances from Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale look like they could easily be emotionally stirring and attention grabbing, but overall it looks like a conventional sports movie and not a film from the director behind Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees. Based on the trailer I can surmise that a failed boxer with a heart of gold wants to win a big match in order to see more of his daughter who lives with his ex-wife who finds him a failure and there is a girl who has baggage in her past as well who hits it off with the heart of gold boxer and she inspires him to give it one more shot, which he does and succeeds because he has so much damn heart.
My gut tells me that this will not be a big success this Holiday season, but it could turn into this year’s The Blind Side. I don’t want to predispose of the movie, but suffice to say I was pretty disappointed by the trailer. I had higher hopes for Russell, Bale, Wahlberg, and Adams then what the trailer delivers. Head over to Apple Trailers and check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
[Source: Apple Trailers]